Purpose of Reporting Bias Acts

The purpose of reporting and documenting bias acts is to help the University better understand the reality of the campus climate related to discrimination.  The University also encourages individuals to report bias acts so we can provide support, remedy, or resolution to those who reporting acts of bias.

Bias Incident– A “Bias Incident” is defined an act – either verbal, written, physical, or psychological that threatens or harms a person or group on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, atypical heredity or cellular blood trait, military service or veteran status.

Bias Incident Response Team (“BIRT”) – The Bias Incident Response Team (“BIRT”) is a group of University employees charged with investigating reported bias incidents; following the protocols detailed in this document; and reporting information and making recommendations to the Bias Prevention and Education Committee.

Bias Prevention and Education Committee (“BPEC”) – The Bias Prevention and Education Committee (“BPEC”) reviews information provided by the BIRT to identify and examine issues and trends affecting campus climate, and to make recommendations for educational programming and initiatives.  The BPEC is comprised of representatives from throughout the University community, representing the following offices:

  1. Dean of Students Office
  2. Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance
  3. Cultural Center Collaborative
  4. Interfaith Council
  5. Residence Life
  6. Rutgers University Police Department
  7. Faculty Member
  8. Student Member

Bias Incident Protocol