Bias Incident Response Policy
At Babson College, we believe that the diversity of our academic community makes for a richer educational experience and provides the necessary context to prepare our students to respectfully engage as leaders in business and in life.
As an inclusive global institution, we welcome and value Diversity of All Kinds and believe that all members of our community deserve to feel safe, supported, and respected on our campus.
Accordingly, Babson College will not tolerate acts of bias and/or hate that violate our core values and cause harm to our collective sense of community.
The College defines a bias incident as any act, conduct, or communication that reasonably is understood to demean, degrade, threaten, or harass an individual or group based on an actual or perceived characteristic such as race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetics, physical or mental disability, and veteran or other protected status. An act of bias can occur whether intentional or unintentional and may not violate college policy or state or federal law.
Although a bias incident may not rise necessarily to the level of a crime, violation of state law, or College policy, it nevertheless may create an unsafe, negative, or unwelcoming environment for the affected person(s); anyone who may identify with and/or support the affected persons; or other members of the campus community.
The College will respond appropriately by providing support to community members who have been impacted by an incident and educating our community about the importance of maintaining a healthy, respectful, and inclusive campus and workplace. Whenever necessary, the College also will investigate reported incidents and hold people and/or student organizations accountable for actions that violate college policies or the law.
In all instances, the College’s response to an alleged bias incident will be interpreted and implemented in a manner consistent with our commitment to freedom of expression and academic freedom, as outlined in the Faculty Handbook, Policies and Procedures, Appendix A, Section V.
Reporting a Bias Incident
Babson strongly encourages members of the community to report all bias incidents that occur on or near campus, online, or off-campus involving members of the Babson community. Reporting is important even if the offending person(s) cannot be identified. Reporting allows the College to best support and assist those in need, track patterns of bias and create educational interventions to help improve our campus' climate.
Students who may feel uncertain or uncomfortable about whether or how best to report an incident are encouraged to seek guidance from a trusted faculty member, resident assistant, or other professional staff member. That person can provide assistance in formally reporting a bias incident to the College.
All formal reports of an alleged bias incident may be directed to one of the following:
If the incident you are reporting is an emergency, please contact Public Safety immediately at 781-239-5555.
When reporting a bias incident (whether in person or online), you should provide as much detail as possible. For example, it is helpful to include:
- Detailed account of the incident, including date, time, and location
- Name and contact information for each person involved including witnesses
- Description of what you observed and what was said to the best of your recollection, including any specific language or terms that were used
- Name of alleged perpetrator(s) if available or a detailed description of the person(s) involved
- Other pertinent information that may assist the College in responding to the incident
All faculty and staff who receive a disclosure of a bias incident are encouraged to report that information to one of the above officers to ensure that the College can support the affected persons as well as determine an appropriate community response. If the reporting party prefers not to be identified to the College, faculty and staff are encouraged to report the occurrence while leaving out any personally identifiable information.
In all instances where a bias incident is alleged, the totality of the circumstances will be evaluated, considering among other things the nature, severity, and duration of the acts and the impact on the person(s) who experience harm as a result of the incident.
Bias Incident Response Team
Babson’s Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) consists of representatives from various campus constituencies who convene to create educational interventions and institutional responses that help persons and communities heal from and learn after an incident of bias. BIRT does not investigate alleged bias incidents and is not charged with imposing sanctions or punishment on anyone found to be responsible for an incident.
BIRT is comprised of representatives from the following areas:
- Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
- Student Affairs
- Glavin Office
- Faculty and Academic Affairs
- Human Resources
- Public Safety
- Other Units (as appropriate)
*The exact make-up of the BIRT will vary depending on the nature of the report and the involved parties.
The Bias Incident Response Team will:
- Consult with appropriate College personnel, individuals or groups to ensure that relevant information and context are provided.
- Support affected person(s) through appropriate support services and referrals on and off-campus.
- Develop and coordinate an educational response that may include conflict resolution, a broader community educational effort led by the administration, faculty, or student leaders and/or information sharing with the community.
BIRT is not intended to replace or subordinate any existing processes for reporting and addressing acts of discrimination, harassment, or violence, including but not limited to, processes of the Office of Human Resources, Babson Public Safety, Title IX and the Office of Community Standards. The educational response coordinated by BIRT should not interfere with any disciplinary or criminal proceedings that may occur concurrently.
Every reasonable effort will be made to protect the privacy of individuals who experience, witness, report, and or provide information about an alleged bias incident. The outcome of any reported incident will take into account the confidentiality and preferences of the involved parties.