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Bias Incident Response at Indiana University

Indiana University is committed to creating welcoming, inclusive, and respectful campus communities where everyone can thrive and do their best work—a place where all are treated with civility and respect. If you experience, witness, or are aware of a bias incident, submit a report to alert the university. Reporting an incident allows IU to support those impacted and take steps to prevent future incidents.

Report a Bias Incident

What is 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. 

What You Can Expect

A campus team of trained university officials privately reviews all submitted bias incident reports with responses typically 1-2 business days of reporting an incident.

The university's response includes:

Possible outcomes include:

  • Conversation(s) centered around the incident and impacted person(s)
  • Refer reporter to appropriate campus offices that can effectively respond
  • Refer impacted to support resources
  • Incident assessment, response plan
  • Ongoing support and check-ins
  • 1-on-1 ongoing support
  • Engage person(s) impacting others
  • Engage leaders to address systemic issues
  • Mediation and facilitated dialogue

Report a Bias Incident

Role of the Bias Response Team

Indiana University fosters campus communities where all are welcomed, valued, respected, and belong. In furthering this mission, IU’s bias response officials provide support resources to impacted parties, promote education and dialogue, and affirm the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

What We Do:

What We Don’t Do:

  • Conversation(s) centered around the incident and impacted person(s)
  • Refer to support services or offices who can appropriately respond
  • Log all reported incidents and track for trends
  • Notify campus leaders of ongoing bias incidents and trends
  • Educate and consult the campus community about bias
  • Inform the campus community about our work through informational meetings and annual reports
  • Take disciplinary action
  • Conduct formal investigations
  • Impinge on free speech rights and academic freedom

Preserving an Environment of Free Speech

As an institution of higher education, IU encourages the free and civil exchange of ideas and academic freedom. While the topics can sometimes be controversial and uncomfortable, IU's student-centered campuses embrace an environment where all voices are heard and valued. In addition, civility and respect are expected between and among members of the campus community so that all community members thrive and develop intellectually and ethically.

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