The Bias Incident Response Team is a collective of administrators, faculty, and staff committed to supporting members of the U-M community who have experienced acts of bias or intolerance. These actions and behaviors are detrimental not only to the people subjected to them, but also to the culture of inclusion the University of Michigan is continuously working towards.
The Bias Response Team is a diverse group of professionals who are trained to have conversations regarding harassment based on one’s identities (race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation, ability status, age). Members of the BRT represent various offices at the University of Michigan including: the Dean of Students Office (DOS), Housing, the Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS), the Office of the Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion, the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE), the Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR), and the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA).
Reporting an incident can be a quick process. There are three different outlets one can immediately contact: the Bias Incident Reporting Line, the Division of Public Safety and Security, and the Office for Institutional Equity. The professionals on the other side of the phone are trained to sensitively support you.
The Bias Incident Reporting Line: 734-615-BIAS (2427)
The Division of Public Safety & Security: 734-763-1131
The Office for Institutional Equity: 734-763-0235
You also have the option of submitting a report online using this report form. On this page, you can choose to report a bias incident anonymously.
If you need immediate support, you may also visit the Dean of Students Office on the third floor of the Michigan Union (Suite 3000).
If you have experienced bias on or off campus, please do not hesitate to report an incident. We can assure you that the Bias Response Team members are understanding and empathetic. They are solely here to assist you and provide you with support. The Bias Response Team does not undertake criminal investigations, but they will ensure that your report is shared with the necessary officials or administrators and resolved in the most effective manner.
Contributed by Yolanda Marti and Gabe Colman, Program Assistants-Expect Respect