Bias Education & Response at Elon University

Elon University values and celebrates the diverse backgrounds, cultures, experiences and perspectives of our community members. By encouraging and celebrating these differences, we create an environment that promotes freedom of thought and academic excellence. Elon University denounces bias-related conduct as a violation of University Honor Code and employee handbooks.

Bias-related incidents are intentional or unintentional events (language/expression, behaviors and acts) motivated, in whole or in part, by identity-based bias or prejudice against a person or group. Identity-based bias are the inclinations or preferences that demonstrate harm, discrimination, or hate against a person or groups based on their association with any of (included but not limited to) Elon’s protected categories: race, ethnicity, national origin, faith tradition, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age/generation, disability, socio-economic status and, veteran’s status. These categories are examples and are not an exhaustive list of attributes or characteristics that may be considered identity-based Bias.

Submitting a Report

NOTE: If this is an EMERGENCY situation, CALL 911 or contact the Elon Police Department at 336-278-5555. Do not use this form to report events that present an immediate threat to health or safety.

For instances of bias-related incidents and other identity-based biases, please submit the online Bias Incident Reporting Form as soon as possible. Please note that the processes carried out by the Office of Inclusive Excellence Education and Development (OIEED) differ from Student Conduct and Human Resources. Avenues of redress through the OIEED are voluntary and center the agency of marginalized individuals and populations.

When you submit a report, please include the following information:

  • the date the incident occurred
  • the location where the incident occurred
  • any involved parties
  • a detailed description of the incident/concern
  • any supporting documentation (ex. photos, video, email)
  • an indication of university follow up method or desired outcome


Learn more How We Work

We are still here to support.

During times of global crisis, our most vulnerable cultural populations are at increased risk for exacerbated harms. The Office of Inclusive Excellence Education & Development (OIEED) continues to provide comprehensive response to issues of identity-based violence, bias, harassment and hate. If you have questions about any changes being made to our current work and prevention efforts in response to COVID-19, or if you are seeking advocacy for incident of bias or harassment, please contact:

Visit the OIEED COVID-19 Support & Resources page