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Bias Incident Reporting

Introduction

The University of Colorado Boulder seeks to be an inclusive community that welcomes and respects all people. Every member of our community is expected to commit to maintaining a safe, respectful, inclusive and welcoming community. Bias acts are an affront to the core values of this institution: such actions destroy the sense of community we all share. Additionally, acts of intolerance do untold and unjust harm to the well-being, dignity and safety of the entire campus community.

Purpose

The Bias Incident Response Protocol outlines an organized response to bias incidents that may occur within the University community involving students. This protocol is not intended to negate the freedom of expression rights guaranteed to all individuals in the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. There is no intent to use this protocol as a disciplinary procedure or tool. Rather, the primary focus of this document is to outline a set of responses which will provide assistance and support for individuals who perceive that they are the victims of a bias incident. This protocol is not intended to override the responsibility or authority of any University office designated to address complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment or hate crimes.  The appropriate offices will continue to respond to complaints that are directed to their attention. This protocol will complement, not replace, the work of these offices. It will be used to ensure an efficient, effective and appropriate response to incidents that are considered to be bias-motivated involving University of Colorado students.

Objectives

  • Document and monitor all bias incidents and respond appropriately to incidents and incident trends.
  • Track bias incidents to assess the effectiveness of the University’s bias incident reporting system.
  • Use cumulative bias report information as a basis to develop comprehensive and effective intervention and prevention strategies.
  • Reaffirm and better support the institution’s strong commitment to an inclusive community.
  • Support the well-being of all University students.
  • Offer students a convenient and efficient means to report bias incidents to the University.

Procedures for Reporting

Students who perceive that they have experienced a bias-motivated incident, as well as students, faculty or staff who are witnesses to a bias incident involving students, are urged to report the incident immediately by one of the following means: 

  • File a report protected by FERPA guidelines by clicking on the blue “Concerned about a Student” button on this page.
  • File a written report protected by FERPA guidelines in the Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) in the Center for Community, suite S430.
  • File a report with the University of Colorado Police Department’s online reporting system.  If you believe a crime has occurred, contact the UCPD at 911 for an emergency and 303-492-6666 for a non-emergency http://police.colorado.edu/crimereporting
  • File a confidential report, which falls under psychotherapy privilege.  Information reported through this option will not be reported to the Bias Incident Response Team and will not follow this institution’s response protocol.  A confidential report can be completed by one of the following means:       
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Center For Community S430
031 UCB
Boulder, CO, 80309-0031
Phone: (303) 492-8476
E-mail: studentaffairs@colorado.edu
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