Office for Institutional Equity & Access

Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT)

What is the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT)

The St. Cloud State University community aspires to create an inclusive and safe environment for all community members. Our campus will always be a place of hope and opportunity where all students – no matter who they are or what community they come from – can feel welcome, safe to learn, and free to express their hopes, dreams, and their ideas. Bias incidents undermine our campus’ efforts toward equity and inclusion. They limit our community’s ability to excel in teaching and learning and our service to our communities and state. They also impede free and open discourse and our ability to know and learn from one another. Biased and hateful expression causes harm and fractures in our communities that must be addressed.

What is a bias incident? A bias incident is an act of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation that is motivated in whole or in part by bias based on an individual's or group's actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Bias often stems from fear, misunderstanding, hatred, and stereotypes and may be intentional or unintentional.

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