Bias Incident Response Team
The College has a zero tolerance for hate crimes and bias incidents and will act swiftly and effectively when such are reported. This protocol is specific to addressing hate crimes or bias incidents particularly those directed at persons identified as protected under the College's Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures, and local, state or federal civil rights laws and regulations. Protected group status is afforded based on race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, or status as a disabled veteran, a Vietnam era veteran or other covered veterans. The protocol response team will not typically be convened when an incident impacts only a small number of people, especially when victims are uncomfortable with a public response, but rather when more visible incidents occur that are likely to significantly affect the College community or subpopulations of the college.
Ordinary people are found to harbor negative associations in relation to various social groups (i.e., implicit biases) even while honestly (researchers believe) reporting that they regard themselves as lacking these biases. The Project Implicit web site has been functioning as a hands-on science exhibit, allowing web visitors to experience the manner in which human minds display the effects of stereotypic and prejudicial associations acquired from their socio-cultural environment. HERE you can explore to what extent bias might be influencing you. (It will take about 10 minutes.)