The reality for Wright State University students is that Wright State University has policies, procedures and protocols in place to respond to different kinds of incidents that enable the university to attend to the health and safety of students; manage individual complaints; adjudicate violations of university policies and the student code of conduct, and local, state, and federal laws. There is another area of incidents which does not fit into formal university policy response. It is in this area that the Bias Incident Response Protocol will operate. Bias related incidents involving Wright State students can occur in their living communities, classrooms, at co-curricular activities, in employment situations and at off-campus activities.
First Amendment Rights and You on a College Campus
At times, the exercise of rights that are protected by the U.S. Constitution (particularly freedom of speech and freedom of expression) can seem at odds with the values of a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive campus community. The panel discussion presented in the video below explains some of the challenges faced when balancing competing values and what members of the campus community can do to promote Wright State's values of diversity and inclusivity. The "First Amendment Rights and You on a College Campus" panel discussion was hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Bias Incident Response Team, and the Student Affairs Diversity Committee on Sept. 30, 2015.
Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) Reports
Members of the Wright State University community are encouraged to report all types of bias incidents precipitated by intolerant behaviors. Please refer to the steps outlined below in order to file an incident report. When filing a report, you may do so anonymously or you may provide contact information.
If the reported incident involves physical harm to you or your property, please also file a police report with the Wright State University Police Department by calling 911 from any campus phone or by calling (937) 775-2111.
Bias-Related Incident Defined
A bias-related incident is any event directed toward an individual or group based upon actual or perceived identity characteristics or background, including but not limited to: race, sex (including gender identity/expression), color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, military status, or sexual orientation. Such acts may result in creating a hostile environment and may have a negative psychological, emotional, or physical impact on an individual, group, and/ or community. Bias-related incidents occur without regard to whether the act is legal, illegal, intentional, or unintentional.
Incidents which occur on campus that are not covered by formal policies and procedures but have the effect of harming individuals or groups may be addressed by the university's Bias Incident Response Protocol. The protocol may be initiated in cases when it is clear that the incidents have harmful effects on persons or groups based upon their race, sex (including gender identity/expression), color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, military status, or sexual orientation.
To constitute a bias-related incident, sufficient objective facts must be present to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the event in question may be motivated by bias towards the status of a targeted individual or group.
Types of incidents may include:
- Physical injury
- Damage to property
- Threatening mail/email
- Threatening voice mail/message
- Telephone harassment
- Verbal harassment/Threats
- Written Threat
It is the policy of Wright State University to establish and support a collaborative interdivisional team that will assess bias incident situations or complaints and coordinate university resources in response to bias-related incidents and complaints.
The Bias Incident Response Team is committed to contributing to a campus community that fosters civility, community standards, total student development, academic freedom, freedom of expression, diversity and personal empowerment. The bias response will provide for a timely internal and external intervention to incidents and will be sensitive to the rights of all parties involved.
When a bias-related incident occurs, a coordinated, effective, and timely university response will be implemented. The BIRT provides a university response that is comprehensive, coordinated, unified and establishes a communication system that will ensure that all BIRT members are informed and updated on a regular basis.
Through voluntary participation in bias incident response team interventions, it is the intention of Wright State University to foster a sense, civility and campus community, respect and understanding to support a multicultural and diverse campus environment. It is intended that any bias-response intervention will be educational at its core. The intervention may involve a variety of activities including discussion, mediation, training, counseling and consensus building.
Protocol: Reporting an Incident
- Members of the Bias Incident Response Team may report an incident after scanning the university environment and identifying a campus climate concern and/or behaviors that do not support a welcoming and inclusive campus environment.
- Students, staff, or faculty who experience or witness or become aware of a bias-related incident are asked to report the incident immediately.
- If the reported incident involves physical harm to you or your property, file a police report with the Wright State University Police Department by calling 911 from any campus phone or by calling (937) 775-2111.
- Students who are victims of bias incidents should complete and submit the report online.
- A Member of the Bias Incident Response Team will meet with the reporting party within 24 hours of filing the report in order to discuss the incident.
- The protocol will be available for use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Wright State University Crisis Management Team will be notified of a reported incident.