The Bias Response Team (BRT) was established by a coalition of students, faculty, and administrators to provide a mechanism to respond to acts of intolerance and to resolve conflicts in a spirit of civil discourse and mutual accountability. Bias or hate incidents of any kind are contrary to the aforementioned principles and threaten the safety, well-being, and educational experience of all members of our community. Such incidents will not be tolerated and will be addressed whenever and wherever they occur. The Lafayette College Bias Response Team (BRT) will make recommendations to the Vice President for Campus Life for comprehensive educational and supportive responses to incidents of bias on campus. In addition, the BRT will be a campus-wide public presence to encourage individuals who have been targets of or witnesses to bias-related incidents to report these incidents.
Bias-motivated behaviors that violate provisions of the Lafayette College Code of Conduct or Pennsylvania state law will be addressed through the College’s disciplinary process and/or the criminal courts. Discriminatory or bias-motivated behaviors that violate neither the law nor the Code of Conduct will be addressed through a conflict-resolution process. Examples of bias-related incidents include assault, damage to property/vandalism, defacing signs or images, harassment, physical confrontation, threatening communications (written or electronic), written or verbal slurs, etc.