Bias Incident Reporting System

Ball State University aspires to be a university that attracts and retains a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Ball State is committed to ensuring that all members of the campus community are welcome through our practice of valuing the varied experiences and worldviews of those we serve. We promote a culture of respect and civil discourse as evident in our Beneficence Pledge.

What is a Bias Incident?

Bias incidents include, but are not limited to, acts of conduct, language, or expression that target individuals and groups based on a persons’ actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender expression, age or physical or mental disability. It differs from a hate crime in that no criminal activity is involved.

A bias incident is conduct, language or expression motivated by bias based race, color, ability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

Some examples of bias related incidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Offensive graffiti, images or drawings
  • Use of ethnic, racial or other slur to identify someone
  • Imitating or mocking someone with any kind of disability
  • Imitating or mocking someone’s cultural norm or practice

If you are unsure if what you have witnessed or experienced is a bias incident please email or call 765-285-1344. Thank you for reporting incidents of bias and continuing to assist us in making our campus a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for our students, faculty, and staff.

Bias Response Team

In the occurrence of a bias incident at Ball State, the Bias Response Team is here to help you resolve the problem and assist you in accessing the services you need. The team includes members from several offices within the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services and Ball State faculty.

Members of our Bias Response Team provide support to students across campus when incidents of bias are reported. Team members provide targets of bias with a safe space to listen to concerns, help develop an action plan to address the incident or situation, and track the progress being made in resolving the issue.