Bias Assessment and Response

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The Bias Assessment and Response Team (BART) is a nimble, far-reaching, comprehensive committee with the necessary specialties, talent, and knowledge to respond to the emergent needs of the Rensselaer student community as it relates to incidents of bias, hate, or other marginalizing acts.


An incident of bias typically involves a person or group being harmed or threatened (i.e., physical injury, psychological pain or distress, emotional unrest, inequitable practices that impact one’s ability to perform, etc.), by the alleged offender’s bias, which could reasonably and prudently conclude is motivated, in whole or in part, by an actual or perceived aspect of identity:

  • Age
  • Race/Color
  • Ancestry/Ethnicity
  • National Origin
  • Citizenship Status
  • Religion/Beliefs
  • Sex
  • Transgender Status
  • Gender Dysphoria, Identity or Expression
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Pregnancy
  • Disability
  • Marital or Civil Union Status
  • Domestic Partnership Status
  • Domestic Violence Victim Status
  • Familial Status
  • Relationship with or Association with Member(s) of a Protected Class
  • Genetic Information or Predispostion
  • Military or Veteran Status

Bias acts are often disruptive to the community and harmful to individuals or groups of people. Some incidents may be in violation of criminal, civil, or Institute policy. Incidents which are a violation of civil or criminal law may be reported and responded to by law enforcement authorities. Incidents which may violate Institute policy, will be reviewed and responded to by the appropriate designees. Incidents that are not in violation of law or Institute policy, but may affect other members of the Institute community, may warrant an informal and educational response through the Bias Assessment and Response Team.

Investigations and referrals for resolution of reported incidents may take place within other offices such as Student Rights and Responsibilities, Human Resources, the Department of Public Safety and/or outside law enforcement agencies, if appropriate. BART will intervene accordingly once one of the aforementioned offices determines what level and type of response are appropriate.

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