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.

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Rensselaer considers any act (verbal, written, physical, or psychological) that threatens or harms a person or group on the basis of the following, an incident of bias:

  • Age
  • Race/Color/Ethnicity
  • Ancestry
  • 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 university codes. Incidents that are not in violation of law or university code, however, may warrant discussion or education about how they affect other members of the University community.

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