Community and Belonging

Bias Reporting, Response, & Prevention

NBRET members explain the approach

    Nazareth College embraces a society that is both diverse and inclusive, and values both respect for the person and freedom of speech. Respect for the dignity of all people is an essential part of the College's tradition, mission, and vision for the future as we advance a socially just and equitable community. The College promotes civility and denounces acts of hatred, violence, and/or intolerance. It's the position of the College that bias harms all members of the campus community. 

    The goal of Nazareth's bias reporting and response process is community building and education. Through our restorative justice process, people are held accountable to recognize harm that's been done and to take responsibility for harming others, and the community has a chance for healing and rebuilding trust.

    Audience: Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to use the form below to report incidents of bias on campus.

    Definition of bias: Nazareth College defines bias as behavior that is threatening, harassing, intimidating, hostile, unwelcoming, exclusionary, demeaning, degrading, or derogatory and is based on a person’s real or perceived identity or group affiliation, including the following: age, ancestry, arrest or conviction record, creed, disability, domestic violence victim status, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or predisposing characteristic, familial status, marital status, military or veteran status, medical condition, national origin, pregnancy-related condition, race (i.e. Black, Indigenous, people of color — BIPOC), religion, reproductive health decision-making, sex, sexual orientation, and any other protected status under the law as identified under the college's Statement of Diversity & Inclusion

    Forms of bias: Bias may be verbal, nonverbal, visual, physical, or written. A bias incident can occur whether the act is intentional or unintentional. Speech or expression that is consistent with the principles of academic freedom does not constitute a bias incident. 

    Other relevant laws/policies: NBRET also can offer support, education, and help for acts of discrimination that fall under these existing policies/laws. Please note that NBRET will direct reports to one of the offices below when appropriate. 

    • Federal and NYS Employment Laws (e.g., Title VII, NYS Human Rights Law, etc.). Contact Nazareth Human Resources
    • Federal and NYS Laws related to sex-based harassment and discrimination in educational institutions (e.g., Title IX, NYS Education Law, etc.). Contact Title IX (that webpage includes a button to report an incident of gender-based and/or sexual violence including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking)
    • Criminal acts defined as hate crimes under NYS or federal law. To report a hate crime, contact Campus Safety at 585-389-2850 or campussafety@naz.edu.

    At the end of the spring 2021 semester, NBRET will begin a review and update of the guidelines.

    Bias Incident Form

    What to Expect

    What happens after I file a report?
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    Nazareth Bias Response & Education Team (NBRET)

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