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.
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.
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: