By: Jacee Wesolowski
Bias incident reporting is a valuable service Indiana University provides for all students, faculty and staff. The goal of this service is to create a welcoming environment that encourages inclusivity and respect, allowing everyone to perform to their full potential.
After hearing about bias incident reporting, students, faculty and staff are undoubtedly wondering what may classify as a bias incident.
“A bias incident is any conduct, speech or expression, motivated in whole or in part by bias or prejudice meant to intimidate, demean, mock, degrade, marginalize, or threaten individuals or groups based on that individual or group’s actual or perceived identities,” IU South Bend stated on their reporting webpage.
If you are ever in a situation where a file needs to be reported, you can expect a team of trained university officials to review and respond to your report within one to two business days.
Additionally, in terms of a response from the university, you can expect intake conversations regarding the incident and impacted person(s). The individual reporting may be referred to appropriate offices on campus, and the impacted person(s) may be referred to support services. Additionally, an assessment of the incident will occur, including a response plan, recurring check-ins and ongoing support.
IU intends to acknowledge that they aim to preserve an environment of free speech where all voices are heard and valued. Additionally, respect and civility are expected between and among all campus community members.
For more information about bias incident reporting, or to submit a report, visit reportincident.iu.edu.