Bias Response and Referral Network

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Statement Rating: Green Last updated: January 31, 2018

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A bias incident is an act of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation that is motivated in whole or in part by bias based on an individual’s or group’s actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Bias often stems from fear, misunderstanding, hatred, and stereotypes and may be intentional or unintentional.

Members of the Twin Cities campus community and visitors to campus can report bias incidents to the BRRN by:

Responses are typically made within 24 hours of reporting an incident.

The University is committed to safeguarding the free expression rights of all University community members, even if the expression is biased, hateful, and contrary to University values of equity and diversity. Nevertheless, biased and hateful expression causes harm and fractures in our campus community that must be addressed. The BRRN, along with other campus bodies, responds to bias incidents in ways that support those most impacted and promote education and dialogue. The BRRN is committed to upholding free speech and academic freedom on campus and does not have an investigative or disciplinary role in responding to any bias reports.

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