Bias Incident Reporting

History

Efforts to address racially motivated events and bias incidents at IUB have been documented for over 30 years.

  • 1983-1985: The Committee (later, Commission) on Racial Understanding (CORU) was started “to represent the pervasiveness of issues of race and to have a long-lasting commitment to confront racism and promote racial understanding on campus.”
  • 1988: As a result of a racially motivated incident, the Racial Incident Team was formed to directly respond to racial incidents to help create a safe and welcoming environment for IU students.
  • 1990: The GLBT Anti-Harassment Team was created for the same reasons (in later years, additional teams were organized to support students facing Gender, Religious and Disability bias incidents)
  • 1990: Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR) was formed. CORU’s name was changed to the Commission of Multicultural Understanding (COMU). The overarching goal was “constantly seeking ways to collaborate in our efforts to effectively carry out our mission and improve the campus climate by addressing issues.”
  • 1990-2017: The above efforts continued to operate in various forms.
  • 2017-2018: A committee was appointed to reassess our efforts. The committee created a new Bias Network. Selected campus and community subject matter experts assist Bias Responders in assessing, crafting action plans, and implementing plans to resolve incidents. Members of the Bias Network are essential to the bias response process because their expertise makes them most likely to understand the complexity and context of a particular incident and to serve as a positive resource for support, conflict resolution, and education.