Bias Incident Resources

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DePauw University strives to be an inclusive environment that is free from bias incidents. Through its Bias Incident Response Team, the University's mission is to help students who experience bias in our community by offering support and resources. 


We assist the individual/group who reported the bias incident. Our primary focus is to support the DePauw community member who reported the bias incident. We do this by meeting with (if the persons choose to) and ensuring the affected individual(s) and others have access to appropriate support and resources. As required by law and University Policy there are situations where the BIRT team will also refer the report to another office to address through their policies and processes.

Reports of possible criminal conduct will be referred to DePauw Police. Potential Title IX violations will referred to Title IX staff. Conduct with could violate the Student Handbook will be referred to Community Standards. Possible violations of the Employee Handbook will be referred to the Office of Human Resources. Potential violations of the Academic Handbook will be referred to Academic Affairs.


As outlined above, the BIRT team exists to support individuals or groups reporting under this policy. The purpose of the process is to provide support to the target individuals or groups after an incident occurs.

Incidents of bias between DePauw employee's should reported to HR. BIRT only serves as resource for incidents involving students.


A bias incident is an act of prejudice against an individual or groups based on their actual or perceived race/color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity/expression, age, disability, sexual orientation, and/or veteran or military status. 

Examples may include vandalism to personal or university property, intimidating comments or messages, defacement of posters or signs, or similar acts, if there is evidence that the target or victim was chosen because of a characteristic such as those listed above.

DePauw University values the freedom to examine and discuss all questions of interest and expressions of opinions publicly and privately. Thus, it is important to note that just because the expression of an idea or point of view may be offensive or inflammatory to some, may not necessarily be a bias-related incident.