Bias Incident Education Team at SF State

San Francisco State University

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SF State and the Bias Incident Education Team are supporters of academic freedom, free speech, and free expression. Everyone at SF State has a right to a safe learning, living, and working environment. SF State views bias-related incidents as antithetical to our university community values of inclusion, belonging, and mattering. We have a collective responsibility to contribute toward an inclusive and welcoming campus environment for students, staff, faculty, administrators, and guests at SF State. We each play a critical role in maintaining a safe and respectful campus community. The Bias Incident Education Team is an important part of campus climate work at SF State.

The BIET's role on campus is educational. The team does not have a role or capacity to discipline or sanction anyone connected to reports submitted and no one is required to meet with the team. The goal of the team is to provide educational awareness and assist campus community members with strategies that will empower them to address bias incidents they encounter or observe.


Something a person does, says, or expresses that is motivated by bias related to one or more identities, such as citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, sexual orientation, or more. While a bias incident may constitute protected expression, the incident may also promote mental stress, harm, or violence that can leave recipient(s) or observer(s) feeling unsafe, unwelcomed, and unincluded in the SF State community.