Bias Incident Response Team

The University of Mississippi

Reporting Bias

BIRT Flow Chart

What happens when BIRT Receives a report?

When a bias incident is reported, the case is referred to either the University Police Department (UPD), Judicial Conduct, Equal Opportunity and Regulatory Compliance (EORC), or the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT). If the bias incident involves a crime, then UPD will make an arrest or recommend restitution as the outcome. For bias involving a Judicial Conduct violation, the outcome is a university sanction. When bias incidents involve employee misconduct, discipline will be made by the Equal Opportunity and Regulatory Compliance. In cases where the bias incident does not involve any legal, judicial, or employee violation, the outcome is education that is provided by the Bias Incident Response Team.

In determining outcomes for reported bias incidents, the University Police Department (UPD), Judicial Conduct, or Equal Opportunity and Regulatory Compliance (EORC), may choose to work with BIRT as part of a sanction.

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 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.