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Report a Bias Incident

If you have witnessed or experienced a bias incident that has occurred within the MU community, please use the form below to report the incident anonymously or with your name. A bias incident is an act of intolerance which is committed against any person, group or property and which discriminates, stereotypes, harasses or excludes anyone based on:

Any act of intolerance, such as graffiti, name-calling, threats, hate crimes or extreme examples of bias incidents—regardless of severity—can be reported using this form. Note: the MU Equity Office must inform the MU Police Department of any crimes reported via the bias report.

If you are currently in a situation where immediate medical, police or other emergency services are needed, call 911 or the MU Policeexternal link (for on campus issues) at 573-882-7201 or the Columbia Policeexternal link (for off campus issues) at 573-874-7652.

A note about academic freedom, intellectual pluralism and bias
If you have a concern about your academic freedom, bias in class content, or one-sided class discussions and you believe this relates to a violation of the University's commitment to intellectual pluralismexternal link, please report the incident to the Provost's Office of Students Rights and Responsibilitiesexternal link. Because those concerns are clearly academic in nature, the Provost’s Office has primary responsibility to address them. If appropriate, the associate vice provost will refer the matter to the MU Equity Office for follow-up.

Who can submit a report?

Anyone with knowledge of a bias incident on campus may report the incident using the bias incident reporting form. That includes faculty, staff, students, as well as parents, alumni and visitors to campus. It doesn't matter if you don't know who did it. We want you to report it!

You can always report a bias incident in person or contact the director of MU Equity directly to receive information, assistance or referrals.

What happens after I submit a report?

Bias incident reports are completely anonymous unless you want the Equity Office to contact you to follow up on the incident. If you supply your name and contact information, this initiates the informal investigation process. If you want to act responsibly and report an incident but you don’t want to give your name, we will still investigate the incident when the facts warrant it. But if we subsequently contact you, it will be because you were identified through the investigation, not because you submitted the anonymous bias report. Read more about the informal inquiry and investigation process here.

Bias Incident Report Form

  1. What type of bias occurred?
    • Age
    • Disability
    • Race
    • Ethnicity
    • Gender
    • Nationality
    • Religion
    • Retaliation
    • Sexual Harassment
    • Pregnancy
    • Sexual Orientation
    • Gender Expression
    • Gender Identity
    • Political Affiliation
    • Socioeconomic Class
    • Physical Appearance
    • Sex
    • Veteran
    • Other

    *If other, please specify:

  2. What transpired during the incident? Please check all that apply:
    • Verbal Assault
    • Harassment
    • Vandalism
    • Theft
    • Unequal Treatment
    • Accessibility
    • Discrimination
    • E-mail/Text Messages/Facebook
    • Physical Contact
    • Written Hate Speech
    • Bullying
    • Threats
    • Public Indecency
    • Stalking
    • Intimidation
    • Physical Assault
    • Retaliation
    • Sexual Assault
    • Unwanted Sexual Conduct
    • Graffiti
    • Fear for Safety
    • Property Damage
    • Pursuit-Chase
    • Threat of Outing
    • *Other

    *If other, please specify:

  3. In the following text box, please describe the incident as completely as possible.

    Provide all relevant description, including who was there, and, if known, whether participants are faculty, student, or staff; what the sequence of events was; and what if anything was said.

  4. Who else, if anyone, has been notified about this incident?

  5. Your association with the incident

  6. Your affiliation with MU

    *If other, please specify:

  7. How did you find out about the bias incident reporting form?
    • MU Info weekly e-mail
    • Ad on TV screen in Student Center or Memorial Union (plasma screen)
    • A friend or co-worker
    • Google or other search engine
    • *Other

    *If other, please specify:

Note: the identifying information below is optional. Without this information, the form will be submitted anonymously.

If you provide your contact information, we will contact you to follow up on this report. If you do not provide contact information, there is no way for us to identify who is submitting this report.

If you can see this, leave the next text box blank. It is here to trick the bad guys.

You may always report a bias incident in person or contact the director of MU Equity directly to receive information, assistance or referrals. You can reach Ellen Eardley, Title IX Administrator, at 573-882-3880or EardleyE@missouri.edu.

See it. Hear it. Repoart it.

Why should I submit a report?

If we don’t know what’s going on, we can’t address it.  You should submit a report:

  • So we can help you, or others like you who might be in this situation
  • So the University can get an accurate picture of the number and kinds of incidents that occur on campus, and address them systemically
  • So we can track over time what kinds of incidents are occurring (e.g., are we seeing more religious-bias incidents than we did five years ago?) and we can prioritize our efforts appropriately

What about retaliation?

Some people may be reluctant to file a bias incident report because they fear that someone—a boss, or instructor, or someone else in a position of authority—will retaliate against them for exposing a potential problem in their area. Concerns about retaliation are valid.

However, we must all work together towards creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. As a member of the campus community it is your right and your responsibility to report wrong-doing so that the University can address actions and behaviors that create discriminatory conditions.

If you feel that you are being mistreated because you filed a report, let us know what is happening—either by direct contact or by filing another bias incident report. Although the Equity Office can’t provide total protection against all forms of retaliation, we will do all that we can to ensure that no adverse action will be taken against you in your employment or educational endeavors. 

Ultimately, only you can decide if the benefits of reporting a problem outweigh the potential for retaliation.  Just be aware that if your fear of retaliation should actually come true, the Equity Office will be there to help.

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Last Updated: November 20, 2015