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.
Page navigation links:
- 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.
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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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.
Bias comes in many forms. It can be a hurtful action based on who someone is as a person. The most important indication of bias is your own feelings. If you feel like you may have experienced something that is wrong and would like to discuss the incident, please call 734-615-BIAS (2427).
Bias incidents can be things that do not violate any law or policies. In some cases in addition to it being a bias incident, it may violate fedreal, state, or local laws and or/U-M policies. Below are some examples of policies that may be violated, but this is not necessary to be considered a bias incident.
VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW MOTIVATED BY BIAS/HATE CRIMES
If you have experienced a hate crime, report it directly to the Division of Public Safety and Security at 734-763-1131 or the Ann Arbor Police Department at 734-994-2911.
VIOLATIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN STANDARD PRACTICE GUIDE
VIOLATIONS OF THE STATEMENT OF STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The University is committed to providing safe spaces for all community members to report a bias-related incident. People from all backgrounds are invited to report. The staff of these offices has been trained to be welcoming and sensitive to student, faculty, staff. and community concerns.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
After you report an incident, a member of the Bias Response Team will contact you to set up a meeting to discuss what happened and offer additional support and assistance. You will learn about your rights as a U-M community member and what response options are available. With your input, a plan of action will be created and implemented with follow-up.
The Bias Response Team updates a log on a weekly basis to provide the U-M community with information on the types of incidents that are happening on campus, where they are happening and what actions have been taken to address them.
View the Bias Incident Log here
EXPECT RESPECT is a unique partnership among students, faculty, and staff hoping to unite our community. It is an educational initiative and proactive programming aimed at supporting a campus climate in which all persons are treated with respect.
For more information about the Expect Respect campaign, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Dean of Students Office at 734-764-7420.