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.

Steps in the Bias Response Process

Step 1: Bias incident report is submitted

All current and former members of the university can file a bias incident report.

Step 2: Report is reviewed

Report is reviewed by staff in the Office of Inclusive Excellence Education and Development (OIEED) to determine the nature of the bias-related incident and potential immediate referral

Step 3: Action planning

Based on the nature of the bias-related incident, in collaboration with impacted parties and campus partners, an action plan is developed including supportive measures for affected parties and accountability strategies. Campus Partners may include but are not limited to Student Conduct, Human Resources Compliance, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, Campus Safety & Police, Identity and Global Engagement Offices, Student Life, Academic Deans or Department Chairs, etc.

Step 4: Plan implementation

Taking into consideration of the desired outcomes of harmed parties and university policies, a response plan is implemented.

Step 5: Ongoing support & additional harm transformation

In consultation with impacted parties and based on the nature of the bias-related incident, OIEED may work with campus partners to offer ongoing support and follow-up for harm transformation.

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 engagement with campus partners (including but are not limited to Student Conduct, Human Resources Compliance, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, Campus Safety & Police, Identity and Global Engagement Offices, Student Life, Academic Deans or Department Chairs, etc.)

Potential Response Examples

In collaboration with the impacted parties and campus partners, an action plan is created including supportive measures for affected parties and accountability strategies.

We take into consideration of the desired outcomes of harmed parties and university policies. The goal for our bias response 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

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 disciplinary 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.

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