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Bias

A bias incident is an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or violence committed against any person, group or property that appears to be intentional and motivated by prejudice or bias. Such acts are usually associated with negative feelings and beliefs with respect to others’ race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, gender identity, transgender status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability status, marital status, citizenship status, and other identity characteristics. If you witness or experience such acts, please inform us so that we can respond appropriately and in keeping with the law:

Bias Incident Reporting

Loyola wants all community members to feel completely free to report bias incidents, knowing they will be handled with appropriate confidentiality and with protection from retaliation (in accordance with Loyola’s Non-Retaliation Policy). Bias Incident Reports are reviewed immediately by the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). When you file a report, the CDO will request a private meeting with you to discuss the incident, your available response options, and your desired outcomes. Please note that while the CDO keeps reports as confidential as possible, compliance with federal, state, and local laws, and with University policy, may require reporting vital information to University officers who need to know.

 

Bias Response Team

When reports address conduct that does not violate the law or University policy, the CDO reviews them with a Bias Response Team (BRT) comprised of professional staff committed to providing proactive support to Loyola community members affected by bias.

The BRT is an advocacy and support system that:

  • Provides those affected by bias with appropriate resources and support.
  • Identifies University spaces where more education and training are needed to promote a more respectful, inclusive, and bias-free environment.
  • Informs the Loyola community about the impact of bias on our campus.

The BRT does not:

  • Conduct investigations.
  • Impose sanctions or other disciplinary actions.
  • Infringe rights to free speech or academic freedom.

 

Formal Investigations of Bias-Related Misconduct 

If you report an act of discrimination, harassment, violence, or other misconduct that violates the law or University policy, the CDO will inform you of your rights and your options for pursuing a formal investigation through the appropriate University offices: