Bias Incident Response Team

The University of Mississippi
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  • Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT)

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    BIRT

    • Provides support and a process for effective advocacy on behalf of the student, faculty, or  staff member who is a recipient of bias
    • Promotes educationally  driven outcomes to enable students, faculty, and staff to learn about discriminatory behavior and language
    •  Tracks bias data to share with campus partners for monitoring campus climate

    Bias Incident

    • A Bias Incident is characterized as a behavior or act that targets an individual or group based on perceived or actual characteristics such as, but  not limited to, race, religious belief, sexual orientation, disability, or age

    Examples

    • Offensive graffiti or images/drawing
    • Calling someone offensive, derogatory, or inappropriate names
    • Posting or commenting on social media related to someone’s identity in a biased manner
    • Drawing or creating pictures that imitate, stereotype, belittle, or ridicule someone because of their gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, faith, or political affiliation

    To report an incident, refer to the Reporting Bias page and please complete the Bias Incident Reporting Form.

    The BIRTeam will respond to all reports within two business days. If you have any questions or additional information, you may also e-mail inclusion@olemiss.edu or call the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at 662-915-1689. For immediate assistance or emergencies, please contact the University of Mississippi’s Department of Police and Campus Safety at 662-915-7234.