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.

COVID-19 Update: The far-reaching impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to additional stressors and incidents of bias. It is important to remain attentive to ourselves and others during these challenging times, including focusing on how we cope with stress related to COVID-19 as well as being aware of and doing our part to mitigate possible stigmatization related to coronavirus.

For regularly-updated information on the novel coronavirus and the University’s response, please visit Race and Equity Initiative’s COVID-19 Resources page also hosts valuable resources and information with a focus on helping students who face challenges and barriers to belonging based on their marginalized identities.

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.
  • Offer options on how to report an incident 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.
  • Catalogue incidents.

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:

  • Removal of graffiti or flyers.
  • Individual outreach to an affected party.
  • Connecting affected parties to relevant resources.
  • Educational workshops or seminars.
  • Notice to the community about the incident.
  • Offer of support and assistance to affected individuals/communities (typically in the form of counseling).

Bias Incident advisory committee members

  • Robin Angotti, Faculty Senate Vice Chair, Associate Professor, College of STEM, UW-Bothell
  • Jeremy Caci, Software/Research Engineer, Educational Assessment
  • Purnima Dhavan, Associate Professor, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Magdalena Fonseca, Director, Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
  • Natacha Foo Kune, Director, Counseling Center
  • Gabriel Gallardo, Co-chair, Associate Vice President, Minority Affairs & Diversity
  • Carlos Guillen, Associate Director, First Year Programs
  • Kevin Jackson, Sergeant, UW Police Department
  • L. Lincoln Johnson, Co-chair, Associate Vice President, Student Life
  • Shelley Kostrinsky, Assistant Vice Provost, Academic Personnel
  • Elizabeth Lewis, Director, Community Standards and Student Conduct
  • Erin Rice, Assistant Vice President, Campus HR Operations
  • Jen Self, Director, Q Center
  • Mara Stevens, Director, Human Resources, Foster School of Business
  • Student Representative, ASUW
  • Student Representative, GPSS