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Supporting Inclusion

Violations of our Communal Principles

Those whose behavior violates our Communal Principles and our Student Code of Conduct will be subject to discipline as set forth in the Code of Conduct. We realize that not all behavior that violates our Communal Principles also violates our Student Code of Conduct and that some of these behaviors may be protected speech or conduct deserving a non-disciplinary response. In these cases, we will support those who are harmed and educate those who caused the harm.

Our goal is to make our community one in which all members can identify, comprehend, and avoid bias, stereotypes, or prejudices.

The University of Rochester strongly encourages the reporting of all bias-related incidents that occur on campus. See below for information on how to report a bias-related incident and additional resources.

Campus Resources

Bias-Related Incident Referral

Any member of the University of Rochester community can submit a Bias-Related Incident Report form if they know of an incident motivated by discrimination of a person or targeted group based on age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation. 

Receipt of this form initiates the Bias-Related Incident process. Reports are reviewed by a staff member in the Center for Student Conflict Management who triages the reports to the director of the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center (or to the Title IX coordinator if it's a sexual misconduct incident). The appropriate person will contact the individuals involved in the report, coordinate a response, and communicate with the University community (when appropriate). 

“We're better than THAT”

Racism and hate speech have no place at the University of Rochester. We aspire to be a community whose members are equally valued and respected.

“We’re better than THAT” (the University of Rochester’s anti-racism campaign) places the power and responsibility to shape our community in each of our hands. By learning ways to react when we offend others or are offended by them, or when we witness an ugly comment or conversation, we can acknowledge and act on this shared responsibility.

Additional Resources

Bystander Intervention


Implicit Bias