What is the Bias Education and Advocacy Team?
Xavier University is committed to creating and sustaining an environment in which all of the members of our community are welcomed, respected and supported. Bias-related incidents and hate crimes are contrary to the core values of the institution and are destructive to our campus community.
Xavier's Bias Responses Protocol is one critical mechanism that the University utilizes to ensure appropriate response for faculty and staff when incidents occur that violate our community expectations. The Bias Education and Advocacy Team (B.E.A.T) will provide individuals and communities a safe space to have their voices heard, advocate for and empower affected individuals, provide educational interventions and institutional responses when necessary, and ensure a comprehensive and timely response to bias incidents.
We support and encourage all Xavier faculty and staff to report any bias incidents related to our campus. In order to aid in this process, our team has developed a confidential questionnaire to be completed should an incident occur. This form will encourage faculty and staff members to specify the type of action preferred. The team is not charged with imposing sanctions or punishment on anyone found to be responsible for an incident. Requests made outside our scope of support, with your permission, will be routed to the appropriate resource.
If you know of anyone who has been physically harmed or who may harm others, please call XUPD at 513-745-1000.
What is a Bias Incident?
Bias Incidents are unintentional or intentional acts targeted at a person, group, or property expressing negative bias or hostility on the basis of perceived or actual gender, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political affiliation or disability; bias incidents may consist of name calling, epithets, slurs, degrading language, graffiti, intimidation, coercion, or harassment directed toward the targeted person or group. Bias acts often contribute to creating unwelcoming or even unsafe environment for victims and social identity groups. Acts qualify as bias acts even when delivered with humorous intent or presented as a joke or a prank. [Adapted from Student Affairs Leadership Council, 2011]
Examples of Bias Incidents
- A female staff/faculty member is addressed by her supervisor for making “angry” comments during an office meeting. When a male co-worker of the female staff/faculty member expresses anger during a staff meeting, the supervisor responds with affirmations to the male co-worker.
- A swastika is drawn on a white board in a classroom.
- A male faculty of color was met with skepticism when he showed up with his Xavier ALL Card to pick up a parking decal and was questioned for several minutes. He was asked to produce additional forms of identification than what was advertised as necessary.
- Two perceived men are holding hands and are yelled at by a passing staff member who calls them a homophobic slur.