Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Bias Incident Reporting

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Bias Incident Reporting Procedures

Methodist University values diversity, inclusion, and an environment free from discriminatory conduct. The University embraces diversity of all kinds and is committed to providing a safe, respectful, educational, and work environment that is free of harassment and intimidation for all members of the Methodist community. Methodist takes seriously all acts of bias and/or hate of which it becomes aware. To that end, the University will respond appropriately by supporting the target(s) of such acts. The response includes assessing reports; investigating; refer to appropriate department(s) that may initiate a conduct process; and advising the Methodist community of the occurrence when appropriate.

Bias incidents covered under this mechanism include an act of bigotry, harassment or intimidation based on age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion, nation/ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status committed on campus for which the respondent cannot be identified.

We encourage you to report bias incidents affecting University community members. Examples of bias incidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Harassment and/or discrimination
  • Hate crimes
  • Accessibility barriers, including digital/technology barriers
  • Sexual misconduct (sexual harassment, stalking, relationship/sexual violence)
  • Retaliation
  • targeting a group or individual, in person or electronically, with hateful conduct that interferes with a person’s educational experience or employment, as well as acts of vandalism or graffiti.

Report a Bias Incident

If you have questions regarding reporting bias incidents, please ChiefDiversityOfficer@methodist.edu.