Bias Reporting and Prevention
Campus-Wide Workshop: Understanding Implicit Bias and Exploring Mitigation Strategies Heading link
As a part of our broader campus efforts for Advancing Racial Equity, the Office of Diversity and Student Affairs would like to invite you to a campus-wide workshop on understanding how bias shows up in our lives and what we can do about it. In this highly interactive workshop, we will provide an introduction to implicit bias, explore research evidence on the impact of bias across disciplines, and engage with practical strategies we can use to mitigate the negative effects of bias in our everyday lives. You will leave this workshop with a set of goals designed to encourage you to practice bias mitigation strategies.
This virtual workshop will be two hours in length. We encourage students, faculty, and staff to attend. In order to most effectively engage in this virtual workshop, we recommend joining by computer and having your camera on if at all possible. If there is anything we can provide to make the session accessible to you, contact Jess Joslin (email@example.com). See below for workshop dates and registration information. Continue to check back to this page as additional dates are added throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you!
Bias Reporting Tool Heading link
At UIC, we believe our diversity is our strength and we are committed to building a campus where all students, faculty and staff can thrive. An important part of that commitment is addressing incidents of bias when they arise. As acknowledged in UIC’s Diversity Strategic Plan, we cannot take meaningful action towards building an inclusive climate without also addressing the biases and prejudices that may be present in our community. This includes providing a space for students, faculty and staff to report incidents of bias and have their concerns heard, and opportunities for education both for those who may have engaged in biased behavior and for the campus community at large. The Bias Reporting and Response processes are an integral part of this effort.
The goals of the Bias Reporting Response process are as follows:
- Provide an easily accessible and usable system for the campus community to report bias incidents.
- Support members of the UIC community who have been impacted by bias incidents.
- Center the concerns and hopes of those who report bias incidents in the response process. Including, if at all possible, letting them play a role in how the bias incident is addressed.
- Collect data and review trends of bias incidents in order to better understand the complex needs and challenges facing the campus, and guide recommendations to university leadership who can then create appropriate policies, education and programs.
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Frequently Asked Questions - Bias Reporting Heading link
What is a bias incident?
For the purposes of this tool, a bias is defined as behavior that is an expression of hostility against a member of the University community because of their real or perceived race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, legal status, order of protection status, genetic information, marital status, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran (this list is adapted from UIC’s Nondiscrimination Policy).
Bias incidents can include, but are not limited to, offensive language (verbal or written), harmful social media posts, bullying, and graffiti.
What happens after I submit a report
The Bias Response Team uses a seven-step process to respond to bias incidents.
- Report: The Chair of the Bias Response Team receives a report of a bias incident.
- Review: All reports are reviewed by the Chair of the Bias Response Team and copies of the report are shared with members of the Bias Response Team in the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and the Office for Access and Equity. The Chair may consult with a subset of the Bias Response Team and review the report with them to decide how to proceed.
- Connect: If the person reporting bias provides their contact information and wishes to be contacted, a member of the Bias Response Team will get in touch with the reporting party to gather any relevant additional information, offer support and resources, and discuss options for follow-up. If the incident is referred to another campus unit, such as the Office for Access and Equity or Community Standards, that office will coordinate response and follow-up through their own processes.
- Evaluate: The Chair of the Bias Response Team in collaboration with members of the Bias Response Team in the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and the Office for Access and Equity evaluates the incident and considers possible responses based on the nature of the incident and the individuals involved.
- Address: The Chair of the Bias Response Team in collaboration with members of the Bias Response Team in the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity plans a response, and if the reporting party wishes, the reporting party can be notified of the response. Should the reporting party oppose the response plan, members of the Team will meet with the reporting party to review additional options if they are available.
Possible follow-up includes, but is not limited to:
- The Bias Response Team may consult and/or coordinate with other units including the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office for Access and Equity, the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and/or other University offices regarding bias complaints
- Documenting instances of bias
- Educating the individual responsible for a bias incident so they can know about the harm a particular action caused and offering advisement on avoiding harmful behavior in the future
- Offering support and connecting impacted parties to relevant University resources
- A referral to the student conduct process
- A referral to the Office for Access and Equity
- Coordination of spaces for community support and healing
- Facilitated dialogue
- Training relevant members of the UIC community to create awareness and encourage bystander intervention
- Removal of offensive materials, such as graffiti or flyers
6. Review: The Bias Response Team will review trends in bias reports to determine if more systematic or targeted action needs to be taken.
7. Document: All reports and the response process are documented and are maintained in the Maxient database held in the Office of the Dean of Students.
Who can use the Bias Reporting Tool?
The tool is designed to be used by all members of the UIC community, including students, faculty and staff.
Does the Bias Response Team conduct investigations or impose discipline?
No. The Bias Response Team does not conduct investigations or impose discipline.
Formal complaints of discrimination and harassment can be made to the Office for Access and Equity at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-996-8670. The complaints will be reviewed under UIC’s Non-Discrimination Policy.
What if I am not sure if what I've experienced/witnessed is a bias incident, a hate crime, or something else?
We encourage you to report the incident using the Bias Reporting Tool. The Bias Response Team includes representatives from a number of campus units including the Office of Diversity, the Office for Access and Equity, and the Office of the Dean of Students. We will review your report and are able to make a referral to the appropriate unit for support and follow up.
Can I submit a report anonymously?
Yes, reports through the Bias Response Tool can be submitted anonymously. You also have the choice to share as much or as little detail as you wish. If you choose to report anonymously, keep in mind that there will be no way for the Bias Response Team to follow up with questions or to get any additional information, so please take care to provide sufficient detail.
What report options are available on and off campus for those impacted by bias?
There are several campus resources available to support students in a variety of circumstances. Please feel free to reach out to staff in the Office of the Dean of Students and they would be happy to connect you to appropriate campus supports.
UIC employees are able to access support through the Employee Assistance Program.
The Bias Response Team aims to develop and offer additional resources for those experiencing bias and/or interest in reducing the impact of bias within the UIC community. Please visit the Office of the Dean of Students Diversity Education page for more information as opportunities, programs and resources become available.
Can I be retaliated against for submitting a report?
A reporter cannot be retaliated against for their use of the tool. Use of the tool is protected under UIC’s Retaliation Policy. UIC prohibits and will not tolerate Retaliation against any employee or student who brought a claim of discrimination, participated in an employment investigation in the Office for Access and Equity (OAE), proceeding or hearing concerning a claim of discrimination, or who in good faith has opposed a practice he or she reasonably believes constitutes prohibited discrimination. The Office for Access and Equity has the authority to conduct investigations to determine when there have been violations of this policy and then make recommendations in accordance with the relevant University policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment.
Students involved in retaliatory behavior are subject to the Student Disciplinary Policy.