Reporting Bias Incidents

This Bias Incident Reporting Tool is for NON-EMERGENCY incidents. If your immediate safety is at risk, you are witnessing violence or perceive imminent harm to yourself or others, please immediately dial 911. If your experience includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and/or relationship violence, please contact UW SafeCampus at 206-685-7233 (available 24 hours, 7 days a week).

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.

These values come with 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.


The Bias Incident Advisory Committee

What we do with bias incident reports:

  • Refer those who report incidents to appropriate campus offices and programs that can effectively respond in accordance with applicable University polices and principles of expression.
  • Catalog all reported incidents and track for trends.
  • Assess avenues for minimizing or eliminating future incidents of bias.
  • Consult with the vice presidents for the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity and the Division of Student Life regarding possible institutional responses.
  • Work with campus offices and departments to develop strategies for addressing bias trends and patterns at UW.

What we don’t do:

  • Conduct investigations. Should you utilize some of the campus resources offered to you through this process, they might use the information you provide to initiate disciplinary action.
  • Impinge on free speech rights and academic freedom.

Submission of a Bias Incident Report does not constitute a formal complaint and will not automatically initiate an investigation. UW offices responsible for responding to, investigating, and resolving complaints include the University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO), Human Resources, Community Standards and Student Conduct, University Ombud and Deans’ Offices for Academic Schools and Colleges. To report criminal activity, call UW Police at 206-685-8973 for non-emergencies, or 206-685-8477 for anonymous tips.

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.

Please note that submitted reports may become public.

 

Bias reporting tool


Bias Incident advisory committee members

  • Jeremy Caci, Software/Research Engineer, Educational Assessment
  • Magdalena Fonseca, Co-chair, Director, Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
  • Natacha Foo Kune, Director, Counseling Center
  • Carlos Guillen, Associate Director, First Year Programs
  • L. Lincoln Johnson, Co-chair, Associate Vice President, Student Life
  • Shelley Kostrinsky, Assistant Vice Provost, Academic Personnel
  • Chris Laws, Teaching Professor, Department of Astronomy
  • Elizabeth Lewis, Director, Community Standards and Student Conduct
  • Erin Rice, Assistant Vice President, Campus HR Operations
  • Mara Stevens, Director, Human Resources, Foster School of Business
  • Student Representative, ASUW
  • Student Representative, GPSS