Bias Education Response Team Data

Manhattanville Bias Education Response Team (BERT) Data

2019-2021

Overview

In 2019, a reporting system and Responding to Bias website was designed and launched to provide the campus community a way to report bias and discrimination incidents within our campus community. The reporting system and subsequent reports of bias and/or discrimination have been managed/responded to by The Bias Education Response Team (BERT).

Below is a summarization of the work of BERT during the 2019-2021 academic years and includes: number of reports, outcome of the findings, outreach efforts from BERT, and  recommendations for the campus community to consider.

 

2019-2021 Bias Education Response Team Data

 

Click here to view the entire 2019-2021 Bias Education Response Team Data report. 

Reports and Outcomes

The data contained below refers to reports submitted via the Bias-Related On Line Incident Reporting System and emails to a BERT member. The reporting system has only been in use for two years. The following data is broken down by academic year; which is data collected from August to July. 

Academic Year 2019-2020

Academic Year

2019 – 2020

Reporter

Respondent

Type of Bias

Setting/Location

Outcome

10/2019

Undergraduate Student

Faculty

Other

Office

No further contact directive and Educational Programming

11/2019

Undergraduate  Student

 

Faculty

 

Race

 

Classroom

 

Informational Conversation

Total Number of Reports

2

 

 

 

 

Academic Year 2020-2021

Academic Year

2020 – 2021

Reporter

Respondent

Type of Bias

Setting/Location

Outcome

9/2020

Undergraduate Student

Faculty

Race

Classroom

Mediated conversation with student, faculty and BERT member

9/2020

Undergraduate Student

Staff

Other

Dammann Field

Referred to Student Conduct

9/2020

Undergraduate

Faculty

Other

Course Material

Ended due to lack of student involvement in process

10/2020

Undergraduate Student

Faculty & Staff

Disability

Classroom

Trainings on Supporting Students w/ Disabilities

Recommend grade appeal

File an accommodations grievance

2/2021

Faculty

Faculty

Race

Selection Committee

Conversation amongst both faculty

 

4/2021

Undergraduate Student

Undergraduate Students

Disability

Campus

Not Determined

Meeting w/ Student Health & Counseling

Mediated conversation  with students involved

4/2021

Undergraduate Students

Faculty

Race

Classroom

Reading and discussion of publication with Chief Diversity Officer

Discussion on creating an inclusive classroom

Apology letter to the reporters

Total Number of Reports

7

 

 

 

 

 

Cases by Type of Bias

Race/Ethnicity4
Age 
Disability2
National Origin 
Religion/Creed 
LGBTQ Identity 
Retaliation 
*Other3

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Other- refers to incidents where there is no clear motive of bias

Outreach Efforts

Over the past two years, the Bias-Related Incident Reporting System and emails to BERT members have allowed members of our community a formal venue for submitting reports. Through this system, we have been able to respond, support, and provide resources to students and members of our community in a timely fashion.

Regular updates and recommendation regarding bias-related incident reports were given to the Chief Diversity Officer/Vice President of Student Affairs and the Provost.

We will continue to raise awareness about Bias-related reporting mechanism for students, faculty and staff. By continuing to meet with student groups (i.e. RAs, Student Government, SAC, Commuter Council); present to Faculty Council and President’s Council; tabling in Brownson Hall and Cafeteria; sending emails to the campus community; update website with information and resources for our community members

Members of the Bias Education Response Team (BERT) will continue to sit on the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Council

Work with Dean of School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) to create a statement of BERT for faculty to include on their syllabus.

Recommendations

Recommendations that have been made to the Chief Diversity Officer/Vice President of Student Affairs and Provost are the following:

    1. The Center for Inclusion, Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Taskforce, and the Center for Student Accommodations to work with campus partners on reducing the stigma around Albinism, the visually impaired and students with disabilities,
    2. Training for members of BERT,
    3. Training for faculty on how to create an inclusive classroom and providing context of content to students,
    4. Creating better communication about processes (i.e. selection committees) and policies to the campus community.

Use of the reporting system continues to increase, but the overall number of reported incidents is low. We encourage all community members to report any bias-related incidents and allow for BERT to further explore.

Updated August 2021