Bias Response Team
To report a bias incident, please go to VandalCARE, a new initiative that strives to provide care and concern for students, staff and faculty who may be in distress. There, you will have the choice to file a CARE Report, a Title IX Report, or a Conduct Report. To report a bias incident, select the CARE Reporting link.
What is a bias incident?
Any non-criminal act motivated, in whole or in part, by the victim's actual or perceived race, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or nationality.
How is a bias incident different from a hate crime?
A hate crime is any criminal act or attempted criminal act, motivated, in whole or part, by the victim's actual or perceived race, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or nationality. For an act to qualify as a hate crime, two variables must be present:
- A crime must take place;
- The crime must be motivated by bias against characteristics included in federal, state and/or local statutes.
If you believe you have been the target or witness of a hate crime, call 911 immediately or contact our campus police at 111-882-2677.
The Bias Response Team shares the university's commitment to Diversity and Inclusion as our guiding principles. We seek to foster a respectful and civil learning environment. We promote intellectual and academic freedom, free expression and exchange of all ideas, for the well-being of our students, faculty, staff and community.
As a place of learning and training, the University adheres to standards of ethical and civil diversity and inclusion discourse and action within our classrooms, offices, hallways, student organizations and gathering places.
Our Team was developed to address many forms of bias and all incidents of prejudice and intolerance by:
- Assessing the campus climate;
- Proactive educational programming;
- Response and guidance to the individual(s) impacted by bias/hate.
The fundamental role of the bias Response Team is to:
- Collect and respond to information on any and all reported incidents of bias/hate;
- Provide immediate support for those impacted by bias and intolerance by connecting them with support services;
- Create a safe space for all voices to be heard;
- Facilitate proactive and ongoing, educational training about the impact of bias;
- Inform administration and recommend best practices in terms of policy and action, based on trends and findings.
In order to achieve our university's mission of focused and inclusive excellence, our Team works to ensure bias-free and safe spaces for our entire Vandal family. The importance of establishing a Bias Response Team lies in the following:
- Greater acceptance of contribution and achievements of all people to our university and community;
- Respect of others' rights to have different perspectives;
- Effective student learning and development.
It is not our purpose or responsibility to:
- Investigate, arbitrate or take the place of other U of I processes or services;
- Initiate disciplinary action or impose sanction regarding bias.