What is a bias-related incident?
A bias incident is action taken that one could reasonably and prudently conclude is motivated, in whole or in part, by the alleged offender’s bias against an actual or perceived aspect of diversity, including, but not limited to, age, ancestry or ethnicity, color, creed, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, height, immigration or citizenship status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, religious practice, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or weight.
Examples of bias incidents include:
- defacement and vandalism
- use of oral or written racial epithets
- racially-themed parties
- ridiculing a person’s language or accent
- insulting a person’s traditional manner of dress
- hate messages and symbols
- language and imagery objectifying a person based on race or gender
- ridiculing a person’s gender expression
- Supervisor makes derogatory comments
What happens after I submit my report?
For reports containing contact information in which the reporter does NOT wish to remain anonymous to other parties involved a member of the BART will contact you to confirm the report was received and discuss the appropriate forum and available options to address the issues raised in your report. Options may include conflict coaching, mediation or a restorative justice process. The other parties involved in your report may or may not be contacted depending on the nature and extent of information provided in the report. Actions will generally be educational in nature.
It is important to note that the Bias Assessment and Review Team (BART) is neither an investigative nor a disciplinary body. Actions will generally be educational in nature and can include conflict coaching or mediation dependent upon the reporters decision regarding anonymity.