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Bias Incident Committee

24-hour Bias Incident Hotline 401-232-6920

As part of the University’s commitment to an inclusive campus community, the Bias Incident Committee has been developed to address incidents that occur on-campus or at any Bryant-sponsored events.

Members

Dr. Kwadwo Asare

Associate Professor, Accounting

Jordan Cruz

Intercultural Center Coordinator

Dr. Edward Kairiss

Director of Faculty Development & Innovation

Laura Kohl

Director of Library Services

Dr. Mailee Kue (Chair)

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Heather Lacey

Associate Professor, Psychology

Liam Hillery

Career Coach, Amica Center

Lily Otu

Assistant Athletic Director for Inclusive Excellence

Meaghan Trayner

Associate Director for Human Resources

Dr. Kwadwo Asare

Associate Professor, Accounting

Jordan Cruz

Intercultural Center Coordinator

Dr. Edward Kairiss

Director of Faculty Development & Innovation

Laura Kohl

Director of Library Services

Dr. Mailee Kue (Chair)

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Heather Lacey

Associate Professor, Psychology

Liam Hillery

Career Coach, Amica Center

Lily Otu

Assistant Athletic Director for Inclusive Excellence

Meaghan Trayner

Associate Director for Human Resources

We urge all community members to familiarize themselves with the Protection from Harassment Policy and to report promptly any incidents that violate the standards that we as a community seek to uphold.

We urge all community members to familiarize themselves with the Protection from Harassment Policy and to report promptly any incidents that violate the standards that we as a community seek to uphold.

Upon receiving an incident, a member of the Bias Incident Committee will reach out to the reported and/or impacted individual(s) to provide support and information about the process and options for next steps. The Bias Incident Committee meets weekly to review reports and makes determinations. The committee can make recommendations about educational sanctions when requested to do so by the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Vice President for Human Resources. The committee does not have authority to recommend nor apply disciplinary sanctions. The committee additionally shall provide educational and other initiatives that positively foster an open, inclusive campus climate.

Upon receiving an incident, a member of the Bias Incident Committee will reach out to the reported and/or impacted individual(s) to provide support and information about the process and options for next steps. The Bias Incident Committee meets weekly to review reports and makes determinations. The committee can make recommendations about educational sanctions when requested to do so by the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Vice President for Human Resources. The committee does not have authority to recommend nor apply disciplinary sanctions. The committee additionally shall provide educational and other initiatives that positively foster an open, inclusive campus climate.

The Bias Incident Committee uses the following framework to determine whether an incidence is related to bias:

  • Does the behavior demean or degrade an individual or group based on the person’s or group’s actual or perceived identity?
  • Does the incident appear to be bias motivated?
  • Does it violate university policy?
  • Does it violate the shared values and expectations of university community members?
  • Who is affected by the incident?
  • Might the incident be investigated as a hate crime?

The Bias Incident Committee uses the following framework to determine whether an incidence is related to bias:

  • Does the behavior demean or degrade an individual or group based on the person’s or group’s actual or perceived identity?
  • Does the incident appear to be bias motivated?
  • Does it violate university policy?
  • Does it violate the shared values and expectations of university community members?
  • Who is affected by the incident?
  • Might the incident be investigated as a hate crime?

The effect of bias incidents or hate crimes are distinctly harmful because the attack is based on membership in an identity group. The additional pain and significance of the event in the victim’s life takes on added dimensions, including:

  • a lingering sense of fear and vulnerability
  • a reactionary response such as action or bias against the perpetrator’s group
  • a feeling of an inability to prevent future attacks
  • severe emotional and psychological impacts
  • symbolic reinforcement of the legitimacy of the discrimination
  • a loss of importance and self-worth, for both the victim and the victim’s group
  • inability to concentrate, study, sleep or engage in academic work
  • distrust of others, social isolation

The effect of bias incidents or hate crimes are distinctly harmful because the attack is based on membership in an identity group. The additional pain and significance of the event in the victim’s life takes on added dimensions, including:

  • a lingering sense of fear and vulnerability
  • a reactionary response such as action or bias against the perpetrator’s group
  • a feeling of an inability to prevent future attacks
  • severe emotional and psychological impacts
  • symbolic reinforcement of the legitimacy of the discrimination
  • a loss of importance and self-worth, for both the victim and the victim’s group
  • inability to concentrate, study, sleep or engage in academic work
  • distrust of others, social isolation

To report: 

  1. Call the 24-hour Bias Incident Hotline at 401-232-6920.  
  2. Complete the Bias Incident Report Form.
  3. Visit the Department of Public Safety or contact a member of the Committee.

All reports will be investigated by the appropriate offices, and individuals involved will be notified of actions taken.  

To report: 

  1. Call the 24-hour Bias Incident Hotline at 401-232-6920.  
  2. Complete the Bias Incident Report Form.
  3. Visit the Department of Public Safety or contact a member of the Committee.

All reports will be investigated by the appropriate offices, and individuals involved will be notified of actions taken.