Bias incident reports by U-M students, faculty and staff are addressed by the Bias Response Team. The Bias Response Team (BRT) is committed to providing support for those who may have been targets of or affected by bias. The BRT works to ensure that appropriate University resources and expertise are made available to anyone who feels they have been harmed by bias. Therefore, anyone who feels they have been affected by an incident of bias is encouraged to make a report to the BRT, so the University can offer assistance. The BRT cannot impose discipline and no one is required to participate in any aspect of the BRT’s work. Its purpose is to assist those who feel aggrieved, to help students, faculty or staff understand how their behavior has affected others and, over time, to contribute to the maintenance of respect and understanding among members of the University community.
The BRT is not a disciplinary body. The Office of Student Conflict Resolution is responsible for disciplinary proceedings. The BRT may discuss with a student how to file a complaint with OSCR or may itself refer a matter to OSCR if it appears that a violation of University’s Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities has been alleged, but it is not the role of the BRT to investigate or determine whether a reported incident involved bias or a violation of university policy. The BRT may invite persons alleged to be responsible for reported incidents to meet with a representative of the BRT to discuss the impact of the incident on others, but participation in this process is entirely voluntary. The BRT’s sole purpose is to assist those who feel aggrieved by incidents of bias and to promote respect and understanding among members of the University community.