Creating and maintaining a respectful and welcoming environment for all to live, learn, work and thrive is a priority at the University of Michigan. The Division of Student Life has a group of professional staff, called the Bias Response Team, who focus on the response and management of bias incidents. Reports by students, faculty and staff are addressed by the BRT. The Bias Response team is committed to providing support for students who have been targets of or impacted by a bias incident. They work to ensure that appropriate university resources and expertise are consulted and utilized as incidents impacting students and the community occur.
The Bias Response Team (BRT) is comprised of representatives from the following units:
- Dean of Students Office (Chair)
- Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA)
- University Housing, Diversity and Inclusion
- Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR)
- Office for Institutional Equity (OIE)
- Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS)
This team may include other University representatives as needed, including students, staff or faculty from academic schools and colleges, human resources, other administrative areas, and/or community representatives who serve U-M students.
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).
Unsure of other terms used in this website? View our list of definitions.
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 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.
There are three broad categories of bias incidents that should be reported. These categories include the following violations of law and/or U-M policies:
- VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW MOTIVATED BY BIAS/ HATE CRIMES
- VIOLATIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN'S STANDARD PRACTICE GUIDE
- VIOLATIONS OF THE STATEMENT OF STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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 at 734-994-2911.
If you are not sure you have experienced a bias incident and would like to discuss the incident, please call 734-615-BIAS (2427).
The University is committed to providing safe spaces for community members to report an incident. People from all backgrounds are invited to report and share. The staff of these offices has been trained to be welcoming and sensitive to student, 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.
BIAS INCIDENT LOG
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