Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Bias Response Team?
The Bias Response Team includes representatives from across campus including staff, faculty, and administrators in multiple offices and fields. The team, located in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, offers a supportive process that university members can use to report incidents involving bias. We believe it is critically important that campus members report incidents of bias so we may support those who have experienced or witnessed an act of bias, and thus assist the University in responding to bias/hate incidents. This assistance includes developing educational programming around bias, hate crimes and prevention. The BRT also gathers information about bias incidents and hate crimes on our campus, and researches best practices in terms of policy, action, and education in relation to bias and hate. For more information, see What is the BRT?.

What will happen to my report when I file it with the Team?
There are two options provided for you when you submit a report:
• A “For Action” report means that the BRT will contact the reporter to discuss options for response and support and to assess the target's needs. If desired, we can assign an Advocate to assist the Target through whatever process they pursue.
•A “For Information Only” report helps the BRT stay informed about campus climate even in cases where the reporter does not want to pursue a further response to the incident. If a “For Information” report is filed, the information goes into our database. If you want complete anonymity, simply leave your name and contact information off the form. (Note that in cases where the incident rises to the threshold of "unlawful discrimination," as defined by state and federal law, the university is obligated to report the incident to the relevant HSU administrator – e.g. the Dean of Students, in the case of a student’s report – for appropriate action and response.)

What sort of response can I expect if I’ve submitted a “For Action” report?  
The Bias Response Coordinator will review your form and respond to you via e-mail/phone within 24 hours to set up a meeting. During the meeting, the Coordinator and/or Responder/Advocate who has been assigned to work with you will review the information you provided and work with you to determine the next steps in the process.

If I file a report online, or in any other form, will you automatically share it with University Police?
No. Not all incidents are criminal in nature. If the Bias Response Team questions whether the incident is criminal or not, or if there are safety issues involved, the team may ask the University Police Team Member to review it and determine whether further action by University Police is warranted.

If I am a student, or reporting an incident that involves a student, will you automatically share my report with the Dean of Students and Office of Judicial Affairs?
No, but that might be an option for you and the team to discuss as part of your action plan to resolve the incident. As with all reports, depending on the nature of the incident, the appropriate campus office may contact you to discuss the incident.

What happens if I am listed as someone who committed a bias incident?
As with all reports, our process is one of confidentiality. The person who was targeted, or who filed the report, will work with the Bias Response Team to determine whether to pursue a formal complaint through the university’s system. If so, someone may contact you to discuss the incident.

What happens to the Bias Reporting Form after the process is complete?
The Bias Response Coordinator, in concert with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, will keep general and statistical information about the incident for inclusion in HSU's annual report on campus diversity and inclusion. We record the date, type, location, and nature of the incident and how it was resolved. We shred the original report.

Does the Bias Response Team respond to off-campus incidents?
Yes. We are very concerned with supporting our campus members as much as possible in the off-campus community. Additionally, in relation to students, our expectations for student conduct extend beyond the geographic boundaries of campus and include all students, regardless of where they live. We can and do hold students accountable for behavior that violates the Student Code of Conduct.

What other policies protect individuals?
Please review these resources: