Auburn University values freedom of expression and the open exchange of ideas. While openness protects the expression of controversial ideas, there are times when actions or can negatively affect individuals or groups. A bias incident involves actions committed against or directed toward a person or property that are motivated, in whole or in part, by a bias against race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or other protected classes as required by law and that interferes with one’s educational opportunities or disrupts the learning environment.
BERT will not investigate, adjudicate or take the place of other Auburn University processes or services; rather, the aim is to complement and work with campus entities to connect impacted parties and communities with appropriate support and resources. In keeping with best practice, the following definitions provide guidance to members of the Auburn campus community.