A grievance report is a formal documentation of a perceived wrong or unjust or unfair act committed by a faculty or staff member that is believed to cause the student some form of distress. These reports are provided to the department supervisor or chair for follow-up or resolution.
An incident report provides documentation of an event involving students, usually for formal follow-up/investigation by Public Safety, the Office of Student Conduct or Dean of Students for resolution.
A bias incident is conduct, speech or expression motivated, in whole or in part, by bias or prejudice. It differs from a hate crime in that no criminal activity is involved. 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, you may be contacted to meet with a representative from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion or the Dean of Students Office. Working together with the appropriate staff member will allow you to develop a plan for next steps that takes into account your needs. Additionally, each submitted report serves as a data point of grievances, incidents, and bias activity on our campus. We use this datum to inform the annual Clery Act reporting, and to select potential themes for educational programming for our community.