Report a Bias Incident

Creating a safe and civil campus community

We’re committed to making Indiana University Bloomington a welcoming, inclusive, and safe campus for everyone—a place where all people are treated with civility and respect.

If you experience or witness a situation in which this is not the case—a bias incident—we want you to let us know so that we can address the issue and effect change on campus.

What is a bias incident?

A bias incident targets a person based on age, color, religion, disability (physical or mental), race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran status. Bias incidents occur when someone is subject to discrimination, harassment, abuse, bullying, stereotyping, hostility, marginalization, or another form of mistreatment simply because they identify with or are part of a particular group.

Examples

  • A wall is defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti.
  • A staff member tells a sexist joke.
  • A faculty member makes a racist comment.
  • A job candidate is not hired because of his age.
  • A student is mocked for having a disability.
  • A student is ridiculed for being transgender.
  • A faculty member makes a joke about a student veteran having PTSD.
  • An international student is verbally harassed because of where she is from.

What should I do if I experience or witness a bias incident?

If you experience or witness a bias incident, you can submit a Care Report to alert the university about it. Reporting an incident allows IU to address the issue and take steps to prevent future incidents.

Report a bias incident

What happens after a bias incident is reported?

IU uses a five-step process to respond to bias incidents.

  1. Report: A bias responder receives a report of a bias incident.
  2. Respond: The bias responder contacts the reporting party within two business days to gather information about the incident. (Reports can be submitted anonymously, but an anonymous report limits the bias responder’s ability to gather information and respond to the incident.)
  3. Evaluate: The bias responder and the Bias Network evaluate the incident and consider possible responses. Responses will vary according to the nature of the incident and the individuals involved.
  4. Resolve: The bias responder and the Bias Network design a response plan and notify the reporting party of it. If the reporting party objects to the plan, the bias responder and the Bias Network consider the objections and decide either to revise the plan or to proceed with its implementation.
  5. Assess: Bias responders share data, patterns, and trends with the Bias Network to create awareness and influence cultural change.

Possible responses

Responses to bias incidents may include:

  • A notice to the campus community about the incident to create awareness and influence change
  • Educational conversations, workshops, seminars, and trainings
  • Removal of graffiti or flyers
  • Mediation and faciliated dialogue
  • Support and assistance to affected individuals and/or communities
  • Resolution agreements (e.g., behavioral contracts)
  • Verbal warnings
  • Referrals to relevant resources (e.g., Counseling and Psychological Services’ Let’s Talk program)
  • Referrals to other offices or departments as appropriate (e.g., the Office of Student Conduct or the IU Police Department)

Take action now

Report a bias incident