Bias Incident Response Team

The University of Mississippi

Reporting Bias

To report an incident, 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.

Who can submit a report?

Faculty, staff, students, as well as parents, alumni and visitors to campus with knowledge of a perceived or actual bias incident on campus may report the incident using the Bias Incident Reporting Form or by contacting the Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement.

Confidential reporting may be used for informational purposes; however, it may limit the types of actions that can be taken regarding bias related incidents. Reports that are not confidential or anonymous will assist for better resolution to the concerns.

Anonymity will be valued; however, completing the report may initiate law enforcement, judicial or administrative action.

Why should I submit a report?

Acts of bias and intolerance effect both the person(s) and the University community as a whole.  Although bias-related incidents may not rise to a criminal level, they can affect the perceived safety of the campus environment and result in an adverse effect on an individual’s or group of individuals’ working, living, or educational environment. Being aware and sensitive to issues of bias is essential to creating and sustaining the best possible environment for learning, scholarship, creative activity, and working together.

Demonstrated in the principles outlined in our Creed, the University of Mississippi is committed to the success of all our students, staff and faculty. The university works to create an environment that values and celebrates our diverse community and fosters respect for every individual.  With your help, we can continue to provide opportunities for all persons to perform to their full potential. As we continue to work towards providing excellent research and learning opportunities in a place as special and unique as the University of Mississippi, we also need to continue to promote and support a community that is as welcoming and inclusive as possible.

Together, we all can maintain a respectful and inclusive environment that provides the support and opportunity necessary for each member of our community to prosper and achieve.