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All members of the Dartmouth Community have a responsibility to maintain a welcoming and inclusive environment. If you are the target of, witness to, or even simply hear about any form of bias happening to a Dartmouth student, you should submit a Bias Impact Report immediately. These reports, which can be anonymous, assist the College in tracking, investigating, or responding to bias incidents in order to mitigate their impact on our community.
The Bias Impact Response Team (BIRT), along with the Office of Judicial Affairs, receives each report submitted online. The BIRT members review each incident report and depending on the content of the report and the details provided, assess and determine next steps.
Bias, in and of itself, is not illegal and each state has different laws that govern hate crimes and hate incidents motivated by bias. Therefore, each report submitted is handled on a case-by-case basis. If you submit a report and provide your contact information, a member of the BIRT will invite you to meet in person. Working together with the BIRT member, you will develop a plan for next steps that takes into account your needs. Additionally, each submitted report serves as a data point of bias activity on our campus. We use this datum to inform the annual Clery Act reporting and to select potential themes for IGD, the Diversity Peer Program, OPAL's termly Week in Community, and other educational programming for our community.
Ending bias at Dartmouth begins with you.
Last Updated: 11/22/13