Report Bias

Use the STOP Bias online reporting tool to notify the University if you witness or experience a bias-related or hate incident. The reporting tool allows you to report anonymously or share your contact information for follow up.

STOP Bias reporting is a victim-driven process and focuses primarily on educational and support resources. Once a report is made to the University, you’ll receive an automatic acknowledgement of your submission, followed by contact from the University, if requested, within three business days. You will be contacted by either the Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion, and Resolution Services, Office of Student Living, the Dean of Students Office, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, or the Department of Public Safety depending on the nature of the reported incident. Additional University departments, such as the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and, Title IX, the Barnes Center at The Arch will be notified, as appropriate. Your University contact will work with you to gather more information about the incident and identify next steps, which can include a disciplinary process or appropriate intervention.

Reports to STOP Bias are not included in the Department of Public Safety’s bias incident report unless the reporter chooses to refer the incident to the Department of Public Safety or the nature of the incident requires DPS involvement. To report an incident directly to the Department of Public Safety, please refer to the options on the report a crime page.

Importance of Reporting

Reporting an act of bias helps us understand the types of incidents occurring, biases that exist, and potential trends on our campus. By reporting, we can also respond accordingly to provide support, intervention, or education.

Can Bias be Eliminated?

Bias can be greatly reduced, if not eliminated, with your help. When you recognize an act of bias, first and foremost, your safety is the priority. If a situation arises where you feel comfortable safely interjecting or intervening, here are some strategies to address bias:

  • Be Direct: Tell the person their behavior or language is concerning or hurtful
  • Ask: Ask the person why they used that language or behavior
  • Share: Describe how that language/behavior makes you feel
  • Distract: Divert attention away from the problematic language to de-escalate a situation
  • Group Support: Recruit other people or friends to intervene together
  • Show Support: Let the impacted person know you are there for them
  • Bring in Support: If things become too serious, contact emergency personnel like the Barnes Center at The Arch or Department of Public Safety