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Bias Incident Reporting

Reporting Bias

James Madison College works tirelessly to ensure that all residents feel safe, secure, and welcomed to the Michigan State University community. We want you to know that we take bias incidents very seriously.

What is a bias incident?

A bias incident is an incident of verbal or non-verbal conduct that is threatening, harassing, intimidating, discriminatory or hostile and is based on a category protected under the MSU Anti-Discrimination Policy (“ADP”). Please also see the MSU Anti-Harrassment Statement for more information. When a bias incident has been reported, the primary concern is the impact on the group or person targeted. The targeted group or person is empowered and given choices to address the incident. Our staff also works closely with the group or person targeted to provide support and ensure their well-being.

How do I report a bias incident?

  • If your immediate safety is threatened, believe a crime has been committed, or you wish to file a police report, please contact the MSU Police Department:
    • Emergency: 911
    • Non-Emergency: 517-355-2221
  • If the incident occurs in your residential hall, report the incident to a resident assistant (RA), intercultural aide (ICA), community director (CD), assistant community director (ACD).
  • If the incident occurs in your classroom or any academic space, report the incident to Professor Robert Brathwaite, Assistant Dean Jeff Judge, Associate Dean Julia Grant, Dean Sherman Garnett, or any faculty/staff person.
  • If you would like to report a bias incident, you can submit this Discrimination/Harassment Formal Complaint Form online. More information is available at www.oie.msu.edu