What is Bias?
Bias is a natural inclination for or against an idea, object, group, or individual. It is often learned and is highly dependent on variables such as a person’s socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, educational background, gender expression, gender identity and religion. Biases can be conscious or unconscious – explicit or implicit. In addition, bias can be institutionalized into policies, practices and structures.
What is a bias incident?
A bias incident is any act that targets individuals or groups based on perceived or actual identity. To be considered a bias incident, the act is not required to be a crime under any federal, state or local statutes, nor does it have to violate University policy.
How can I report bias?
The University urges anyone who experiences or witnesses a bias incident to report it to BEST. If you are interested in reporting a bias incident, you can submit a incident report or contact a BEST member.