Emory University is committed to fostering an environment in which all members of the residence halls and apartments can live and study without incidents of bias. In conjunction with the University’s discriminatory harassment policy, the Offices of Residence Life and Student Conduct have developed a Bias Incident Reporting Protocol.
The term ‘bias incident’ refers to language and/or actions that demonstrate bias against persons because of, but not limited to, their actual or perceived race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or status as a military veteran. The Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) includes members of the university community who are available to support and guide Emory community members seeking assistance on how to handle a bias incident. Team members document incidents and meet with affected community members as needed to ensure safety and provide referrals, assistance, and comfort. BIRT works collaboratively with Residence Life staff to respond to reported bias incidents.
Some, but not all, bias incidents may rise to the level of discriminatory harassment, sexual misconduct, or other violations of policy or law and will be subject to applicable disciplinary and legal processes. It is important to note that expressions of opinion on social or political issues (even on controversial questions of race, gender, identity, etc.) are protected under the university’s Open Expression Policy, and therefore cannot be the subject of disciplinary sanctions.