Bias Incident Response Team (B.I.R.T.)

BIRT Protocol

The purpose of the BIRT Protocol is to provide information about responding to bias incidents or hate crimes that occur on campus, and to outline the procedures and resources available to members of the Colleges’ community.

The reporter can expect a response from the Colleges within 24-48 hours to confirm the report was received. Other follow-up will occur based on the severity of the incident and impact to the community.

The team evaluates incidents based on the severity of the incident and impact on the community. They determine a coordinated response, which may include dialogue, facilitated discussions within the community, restorative justice practices, recommendations for campus notices, and other programs. The team will consult with administrators, support the affected individuals and provide campus resources. They will also determine whether an incident is bias-related, and determine the measures needed to adequately address the incident (this does not include violations or sanctions, as that occurs through the Colleges’ Community Standards adjudication process).

The chart below outlines typical reporting and follow-up processes for bias related incidents. When in doubt for whom to contact, call Campus Safety (315-781-3333) or submit a Bias Incident Report.


Students may seek confidential guidance without filing a report from the Counseling Center, Hubbs Health Center, or the Office of Spiritual Engagement.

 

 

 Target

Alleged Perpetrator

Reporting resources

Follow-up or adjudication may involve the following resources

Student

Student

You can report to Campus Safety, Residential Education Staff, Student Affairs, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, or the Bias Incident Report.

Office for Student Affairs, Residential Education, and BIRT.

Student

Faculty or Staff

You can report to Campus Safety, the Deans’ Offices, Residential Education Staff, Student Affairs, Human Resources, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, or the Bias Incident Report.

Human Resources, Office of Student Affairs, Provost’s Office, Senior Staff, and the Deans’ Offices

Faculty or Staff

Faculty or Staff

You can report to Campus Safety, Academic Departments, Human Resources, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, or the Bias Incident Report.

Human Resources , Provost’s Office, and Senior Staff

Faculty or Staff

Student

You can report to Campus Safety, the Deans’ Offices, Office of Student Affairs, Human Resources, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, or the Bias Incident Report.

Deans’ Offices, Student Affairs, and Human Resources

Student or Faculty or Staff

Outsider

You can report to Campus Safety, Residential Education Staff, Student Affairs, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, or the Bias Incident Report.

Campus Safety, Student Affairs, and Geneva Police

Outsider

Student

You can report to Campus Safety, Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, or the Bias Incident Report.

Student Affairs

Outsider

Faculty or Staff

You can report to Campus Safety, Human Resources, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, or the Bias Incident Report.

Human Resources , Provost’s Office, and Senior Staff


 

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