What to expect as a reporting party
The thought of submitting a bias report can be daunting and vague. The information below is intended to outline the response process and how reporters are engaged at each step. The complete Bias Response Protocol is found here.
You may be wondering what happens when a bias incident is reported. A typical response to a bias incident may include providing care and support to individuals and communities who are negatively impacted by the incident, asking questions to learn more about the incident itself, engaging in educational interventions if necessary and making referrals to university offices who work closely with the Bias Response Team (BRT) to provide care and restoration. Whenever you reach out to the BRT, you can expect patience, empathy and respect.
The Bias Response Team
To support the OSU community in navigating issues of bias, a team of faculty and staff comprise the BRT, who provide care, consultation and guidance to individuals who have experienced or witnessed bias.
What to expect when you submit a report:
Step 1. Bias incident is reported.
Reporters can also report anonymously or as third-party reporters.
Step 2: Bias incident report is received, evaluated and processed.
Reporters receive an acknowledgement email informing them that their report has been received and outlines what to expect next.
Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA) evaluates the incident report to determine whether, based on the nature of the reported incident, referral to an EOA process is appropriate. Reporters will be notified if an EOA process is appropriate.
Step 3: BRT evaluates incident report and designates a liaison.
At weekly meetings, BRT evaluates new incident reports. A BRT liaison is identified to:
Provide follow-up resources
Gather additional information about the reported incident
Discuss potential responses
Determine capacity for collaboration in response
Step 4: BRT develops a response.
The BRT develops a response in collaboration with university partners, and reporters, as appropriate.
It is important to review what the bias response team does and what they do not do: