Office of Pluralism and Leadership: Report Bias

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: Dartmouth College Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: October 17, 2017

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If you are the target of, witness to, or even simply hear about any form of bias happening to a Dartmouth student, you should submit a Bias Impact Report immediately. These reports, which can be anonymous, assist the College in tracking, investigating, or responding to bias incidents in order to mitigate their impact on our community.
The Bias Impact Response Team (BIRT), along with the Office of Judicial Affairs, receives each report submitted online. Given that our practice is informed by the values of restorative justice, the BIRT members review EVERY submitted report in order to determine next steps which vary based upon the circumstances of each incident.

Bias is…

Treating someone negatively because of their actual or perceived:
•    Age
•    Creed
•    (Dis)ability
•    Ethnic or national origin
•    Gender, gender identity, or gender expression
•    Marital status
•    Political or social affiliation
•    Race
•    Religion
•    Sexual orientation

Some examples of bias incidents include:
•    Telling jokes
•    Name-calling
•    Stereotyping
•    Offensive graffiti
•    Avoiding or excluding others

Bias-related incidents are defined as behavior which constitutes an expression of hostility against the person or property of another because of the targeted person’s age, creed, disability, ethnic or national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, political or social affiliation, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Even when offenders are not aware of bias or intend to offend, bias may be revealed which is worthy of a response and can serve as an opportunity for education.

Bias-related incidents, while abhorrent and intolerable, do not meet the necessary elements required to prove a crime. However, bias-related incidents do require the active participation of a community committed to fundamental human dignity and equality to successfully address.

If you believe you may have been the target of, or witness to a bias incident at Dartmouth, please report it as soon as possible or call Safety & Security at 603-646-4000.

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