Bias Incident Response
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.
If you have experienced, witnessed, or heard of a bias incident involving a Babson community member, please submit a bias incident report.
Frequently Asked Questions
What constitutes a bias incident?
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.
How will the College respond to a bias incident?
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. 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. It also is important that individuals alert the individuals impacted that they are submitting a bias incident report, as the College will have to reach out the impacted part during an investigation.
Can a bias incident only occur on the College’s campus?
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.
ls the Bias Incident Report used to collect data?
Yes. 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’s climate.
Who can I speak with if I’m not sure about reporting a bias incident?
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:
- Vice President and Dean of Students
- Director of Multicultural Programs
- Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
- Vice President of Human Resources
- Dean of Faculty
What if l am experiencing a dangerous bias incident?
If the incident you are reporting is an emergency, please contact Public Safety immediately at 781-239-5555.
What should l include in the bias incident report?
When reporting a bias incident (whether in person or online), you can submit minimal details (whatever you are comfortable sharing), but 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
How can faculty and staff help?
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.
Who is responsible for responding to a Bias Incident Report?
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 of Multicultural & International Education
- Faculty and Academic Affairs
- Human Resources
- Public Safety
- Other Units (as appropriate)
*The exact makeup of the BIRT will vary depending on the nature of the report and the involved parties. 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.
Will my privacy be protected?
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. Individuals also are able to submit a report anonymously.