Bias Education Response Team (B.E.R.T)

Framingham State University

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The purpose of this protocol is to establish how Framingham State University defines bias incidents and hate crimes and to describe the function and purpose of the Bias Education Response Team (“Team”).  The Team’s responsibilities include considering and recommending community responses to reports of bias incidents, as well as serving an educational role in helping to cultivate community values of inclusion, civility, and mutual respect.


The Protocol does not create a new category of prohibited behavior or a new process for members of the Framingham State University community to be disciplined or sanctioned.  The Team does not have authority to discipline any student or member of the faculty or staff.  Reported conduct that may be a violation of university policy will be referred through existing employee and student complaint and investigation processes.