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During times of global crisis, our most vulnerable cultural populations are at increased risk for exacerbated harms. The Center for Equity and Inclusive Excellence (CEIE) continues to provide comprehensive response to issues of 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 violence, bias, or harassment, please contact:

Leigh-Anne Royster, the Director for the Center for Equity and Inclusive Excellence

Julia Metz, Sexual and Relationship Violence Coordinator for the Center for Equity and Inclusive Excellence

Annabel Bunton, Program Coordinator for the Center for Equity and Inclusive Excellence

Visit the CEIE COVID-19 Support & Resources page

Incidents of Bias, Discrimination, Harassment, and Hate

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. Bias-related incidents, including slurs based on racial or ethnic identity, faith tradition, gender expression/identity, sexual orientation, ability and others create, a hostile educational, living and working environment and such acts are not tolerated in our academic community.

The term “bias-related” refers to language, behaviors and acts that demonstrate discrimination or hate against persons or groups because of any of the following identity categories (perceived or otherwise): race, ethnicity, faith tradition, national origin, gender, gender expression/identity, sexual orientation, age/generation, socio-economic status and disability. These categories are examples and are not an exhaustive list of attributes or characteristics protected under this policy.

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 CEIE staff to determine potential immediate referral and Bias Impact Response and Education Team engagement.

Step 3: Action planning

In collaboration with BIRET and impacted parties an action plan including supportive measures for affected parties and accountability strategies.

Step 4: Plan implementation

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

Step 5: Ongoing support & additional harm transformation

Members of BIRET offer ongoing support and follow-up for harm transformation.

Step 6: Assessment

CEIE engages with impacted parties to assess response.