Reporting Bias Incidents

Our commitment

The University of Washington values and honors diverse experiences and perspectives, strives to create welcoming and respectful learning environments and promotes access and opportunity.

The UW is committed to freedom of expression, and with that commitment comes the recognition that members of our community might hold and express sometimes-unpopular views. UW President Ana Mari Cauce has affirmed our steadfast commitment to these values in a blog post and comments to the campus community.

Reporting bias

If you encounter or suspect incidents of bias, you are encouraged to file a report, which will be reviewed by the UW’s Bias Incident Advisory Committee. Whenever possible, bias reports will be reviewed within two to four business days.

Bias reporting tool

Possible outcomes

Depending on the nature of the reported incident, the UW’s Bias Incident Advisory Committee may:

  • Offer support and information regarding available resources.
  • Ensure the report is properly routed for investigation and resolution in accordance with applicable University policy and principles of free expression.
  • Inform and consult with the vice presidents for Student Life and for Minority Affairs and Diversity regarding a possible institutional response.
  • Coordinate support for community healing and educational outreach.
  • Assess avenues for minimizing or eliminating future incidents of bias.

Individuals who submit a report and identify themselves may be contacted for more detail. Anonymous reports also may be submitted. Other University offices, such as the UW Police Department, Health & Wellness, University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO) or Human Resources may be consulted as needed. The committee will compile and analyze data from submitted reports to inform future educational and prevention efforts.

Institutional responses may include:

  • Notice to the community about the incident.
  • Individual outreach to an affected party.
  • Offer of support and assistance to affected individuals/communities (typically in the form of counseling).
  • Educational workshops or seminars.
  • Removal of graffiti or flyers.
  • Connecting affected parties to relevant resources.
  • Cataloging incident(s).
  • Initiating proceedings under the student conduct code, the general campus conduct code or processes under other UW policies.

Bias Incident advisory committee members

  • Natacha Foo Kune, co-chair, director, Counseling Center
  • Jen Self, co-chair, director, Q Center
  • Elizabeth Lewis, director, Community Standards and Student Conduct
  • Magdalena Fonseca, interim director, Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
  • Shelley Kostrinsky, assistant vice provost, Academic Personnel
  • Carlos Guillen, associate director, First Year Programs
  • Erin Rice, assistant vice president, Campus HR Operations
  • Angelisa Paladin, professor, School of Medicine
  • Mike Townsend, secretary of the faculty; associate professor, School of Law
  • John Vinson, chief, UW Police Department
  • Student representative, ASUW
  • Student representative, GPSS