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Bias-Related Incident

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 recognize that not all behavior that violates our Communal Principles will also violate our Student Code of Conduct because in many cases, such behavior may otherwise be protected speech or conduct deserving a response that is not disciplinary. In those cases, we will support those who are harmed and educate those who cause the harm. More generally we will seek 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.

Below you will find resources on how to report a bias-related incident and additional resources.

Campus Resources

Bias-Related Incident Referral

Any member of the UR community can submit a Bias-Related Incident Report form if they know of an incident motivated by discrimination of a person or target 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). 

Reporting Flow Chart

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“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 are a witness to an ugly comment or conversation, we can acknowledge and act on this shared responsibility.

Additional Resources

Bystander Intervention

The Four Ds of Bystander Intervention: How to make the world a better place

Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide

No Place For Hate - 101 Ways You Can Beat Prejudice!


Microaggressions in Our Lives

Responding to Microaggressions in Common Advising Scenarios

Mental Health Professionals’ Adaptive Responses to Racial Microaggressions: An Exploratory Study

Implicit Bias

Project Implicit

Implicit Bias & Philosophy International Research Project