Establishing an Effective Bias Response Team

Topics: Diversity and Multiculturalism, Student Experience, Student Affairs

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Research Questions

  • How do institutions define “bias incidents,” and how are bias incidents typically addressed?
  • Who is involved in the process of bias response, and how are teams structured?


Many institutions convene a “bias response team”—a small group of administrators, faculty, staff, and students—to take action after on-campus incidents in which one party demonstrates bias against another on the basis of social identity.  This brief provides an overview of bias response programs at six private institutions, outlining typical team structures, policies for reporting bias incidents, and protocols for responding to various types of incidents.

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