Creating and maintaining a respectful and welcoming environment for all to live, learn, work and thrive is a priority at the University of Michigan (U-M). A group of professional staff, the Bias Response Team (BRT), focuses on the response and management of bias incidents.
Bias incident reports by U-M students, faculty and staff are addressed by the Bias Response Team. The Bias Response Team is committed to providing support for those who have been targets of or impacted by a bias incident. The BRT works to ensure that appropriate university resources and expertise are consulted and utilized as incidents impacting the community occur.
Bias often stems from fear, misunderstanding, hatred, and stereotypes and may be intentional or unintentional.
WHAT IS A BIAS INCIDENT
A bias incident is conduct that discriminates, stereotypes, excludes, harasses or harms anyone in our community based on their identity (such as race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age or religion).
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The Bias Response Team is comprised of representatives from the following units:
- Dean of Students Office (DOS)
- Office for Institutional Equity (OIE)
- Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI)
- Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS)
- Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA)
- Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR)
- University Housing, Diversity and Inclusion
The Bias Response Team may include other university representatives as needed, including students, staff or faculty from academic schools and colleges, human resources, administrative units, and/or community representatives who serve the U-M community.
HOW TO REPORT A BIAS INCIDENT
We encourage you to use these resources to report incidents and to encourage others to report if they have been the target or witness of a bias incident.
There are several ways you can report a bias incident. The staff at these offices are trained to be sensitive to student, staff and community concerns.
Bias Incident Reporting Line: Call 734-615-BIAS (2427) to report an incident during normal working hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.). If it is after hours, leave a message and a staff member will get back with you by the next business day. Faculty and staff who call the number during normal business hours will be connected to the Office of Institutional Equity; students will be connected to the Dean of Students Office.
Wondering where to report an incident? View our reporting areas. You can confidentially report an incident of bias, intolerance or discrimination. These offices and resources exist to support students, staff, and faculty.
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