Bias Response Team

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: University of Rhode Island Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: September 12, 2018

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The University of Rhode Island’s Bias Response Team, based out of the Division of Student Affairs, works to gather information about bias incidents and to support those who have witnessed, or become a target of an act of bias

The role of the Bias Response Team is to:

  • Provide a safe space to targets of bias to have their voices heard
  • To promote civility and respect
  • To effect change around these important issues
  • To ensure a comprehensive response to bias incidents


Bias is:

  • Any physical, spoken or written act of abuse
  • Harassment
  • Intimidation
  • Making remarks of a personally destructive nature toward any other person
  • Any restriction or prevention of free movement of an individual

The incident is experienced as hurtful by one or many and may involve harassment, the creation of a hostile environment, property damage, verbal threats of violence, or physical violence. The incident may or may not involve breaches of University policies or state or federal law.

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