How We Work

We at Elon strive to celebrate diversity and build a more inclusive community, but we recognize that incidents of bias and hate will occur to and by our community members. Here’s how we work toward these goals.

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, hate, or harassment, please submit the online Bias Incident Reporting Form as soon as possible. Please note that the processes carried out by the Bias Impact Response and Education Team (BIRET) 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 if you would a member of the BIRET to contact you for further follow up

Online Reporting Notification

Once your online Bias Incident Reporting Form is submitted, you will be sent an email notification stating you will get a response within 36 hours. The report is then reviewed by the Office of Inclusive Excellence Education & Development (OIEED) staff to determine potential immediate referral and Bias Impact Response and Education Team engagement.

Potential Response Examples

In collaboration of the Bias Impact Response and Education Team and impacted parties an action plan is created including supportive measures for affected parties and accountability strategies.

We take in consideration of the desired outcomes of harmed parties and university policies. The goal for our bias impact process is to promote equities and reduce social disparities using these community processes:

Harm transformation: systems change(s) that involve the understanding of the perspective of the harmed parties, but does not always involve the person(s) harming and/ or the person(s) harmed.

Restorative practices: processes that involve harmed and harming parties aimed at repairing, healing, and creating healthier relationships, communities, and systems

Throughout our process our work may result in one or more of the following responses:

  • conversations with university leadership
  • conferencing/restorative dialogues
  • referrals to Student Conduct, Student Life, Scholarship Offices, Human Resources, Campus Safety, or other campus/community resources.
  • requesting removal of harmful objects or content
  • workshops with individual departments
  • impact statements
  • confidential advocacy/support
  • continuing conversations, education, and resources
  • changes in university policies or procedures

Limitations to Center Response

Freedom of Speech

Free expression of political and social opinions are protected by the First Amendment, Elon’s Academic Freedom Policy, and Elon’s Commitment to the Values of Freedom of Expression and Inclusivity. For this reason, even controversial expressions of political and social opinions are often unable to be met with disciplinary actions. However, in no way does this mean those statements are not harmful to individuals, identity groups, and to our broader campus community.

Freedom of speech does not mean that speech will go unchallenged or without consequences. If a member of the university community makes statements, uses language, or displays objects that devalue others based on their identity, the OIEED and BIRET will respond by providing support to impacted individuals, educational engagement for those causing harm, and provide options for redress.

Accountability Measures

The Office of Inclusive Excellence Education & Development is separate from the Office of Student Conduct, Title IX, and Human Resources, thus is not able to take punitive actions against those who enact bias, harassment, or violence. The center makes referrals to those offices when incidences violate student or employee misconduct policies. The OIEED is dedicated to providing comprehensive, restorative responses that will appropriately acknowledge the harm that is perpetrated in these instances and equip individuals with the support, resources, skills, and education to begin the healing process and prevent future harm.

Learn more about Limitations & Privacy here