Tulane University is committed to addressing and preventing bias incidents on our campus and throughout our community.
In order to attain our goal of building a campus climate where all can succeed, we must continually work to identify and address the harm caused by bias and the significant impact it can have on the wellness of the individuals involved, as well as our entire community.
What Is Bias?
When expressed against others, bias can be perceived in many ways, both subtle and overt. Bias can take many forms, but some examples include insensitivity, vandalism, verbal slurs, and physical assault. Bias incidents can involve verbal, written, or physical behaviors. Bias incidents directed towards other individuals or communities can occur intentionally or unintentionally. But even if the incident is unintentional or not criminal, it can still have a significant impact that we believe is always worth addressing for the health and well-being of our community.
What Is A Bias Incident?
Bias incidents directed towards other individuals or communities can occur intentionally or unintentionally. When expressed against others, bias can be perceived in many ways, both subtle and overt. Bias incidents can involve verbal, written, or physical behaviors. Bias can take many forms, but some examples include insensitivity, vandalism, verbal slurs, and physical assault. But even if the incident is unintentional or not criminal, it can still have a significant impact that we believe is always worth addressing for the health and well-being of our community.
Report An Incident
If you experienced or observed a bias incident, click below to report:
Anyone who has experienced, witnessed, or learned of a potential bias incident should report it. Reports may be submitted anonymously; however, it may limit the university’s ability to respond comprehensively. Filing a bias report does not mean any criminal, conduct, or human resources process will officially begin. The ability of the university to respond may be limited if key information is not provided and we are unable to learn more from the reporter. Please include your name if you wish to be contacted.
To submit a report, the following info will be required:
- Type of Concern (i.e. bias/discrimination)
- Date/Location of Incident
- Incident Description
- Submitting a report is a means to raise your concerns, find support, and connect you to people who want to help.
- We've worked to make the process as simple as possible, allowing incidents to be reported electronically, via phone, or in person.
- At the very heart of our university’s mission is the intent to enrich the capacity of individuals, organizations, and communities to think, learn, act, and lead with integrity and wisdom. We know that this cannot happen without a means to address the harm caused to our community by bias.
- The review of Tulane's bias incidents is a collaboration across the Office of the President, the Office of Human Resources & Institutional Equity, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
- Each of these departments ensures we consider each angle in which bias incidents can impact our community. Each group is dedicated to creating a diverse space where all feel welcome.
- We uphold the highest standards of privacy to protect everyone we serve. While we intend to report annually on the general overview of reports received, individuals can feel confident that the information they submit will remain confidential, shared only with relevant parties. We also believe it is important for the Tulane community to understand the work being done in context so that we may continue to build trust and confidence in the process.
- Tulane will not tolerate retaliation against members of the university community for raising concerns in good faith.
- Students can learn more about compliance at Tulane by reviewing the Student Code of Conduct.
- Faculty, staff, and affiliates can learn more about compliance by reviewing Tulane's Equal Opportunity / Anti-Discrimination (EO/AD) Policies.
- Certain types of bias incidents may fall under the Title IX office, which works in compliance with applicable law, including Title IX and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, all of which are coordinated by the Assistant Provost for Title IX Compliance and Education. To learn more, click here.
- Clery Act Compliance is overseen by the Clery Act Coordinator. Title IX and the Clery Act are no longer overseen by the same office. Here is a link to more information on Clery Act compliance at Tulane: publicsafety.tulane.edu/clery-act
- We uphold the highest standards of privacy to protect everyone we serve. While we intend to report annually on the general overview of reports received, individuals can feel confident that the information they submit will remain confidential, shared only with relevant parties.
Process At A Glance
We want our community members to feel confident in reporting incidents of bias and comfortable in their understanding of the process and potential outcomes. Tulane will not tolerate retaliation against university community members for raising concerns in good faith.
We’ve attempted to succinctly share an overview of the bias reporting process below, but please view the Bias Reporting Process Overview and FAQs for more information.
- Report Incident Or Concern
Reports can be submitted online, via email, phone, or in person. Every concern is taken seriously, and a member of our supporting teams will reach out as soon as possible.*
- Review Report And Resources
Every report is reviewed to determine how to proceed, i.e. formal investigation, resolve informally, or coordinate referrals. Team members will also provide resources and support to relevant parties.
- Gather Information
If an investigation is initiated, all relevant parties will be interviewed separately. Interim measures will also be considered to support parties as the investigation proceeds.
When possible, a written notice will be sent detailing the outcomes. Please note, notices of outcomes often include confidential personnel information and will therefore only be shared with relevant parties.
* Please note: some bias cases may fall under the 2020 federal regulations for Title IX and must be investigated and resolved in compliance with those regulations. You can learn more about these regulations and Tulane’s Title IX policies at allin.tulane.edu/content/federal-title-ix-regulations-and-updates.
A Note About Privacy And Retaliation
While much of the work we do must remain confidential, we uphold the highest standards to protect the privacy of everyone we serve. We also believe it is important for the Tulane community to understand the work being done in context so that we may continue to build trust and confidence in the process. Tulane will not tolerate retaliation against members of the university community for raising concerns in good faith.
To help our community feel safe and comfortable in reporting incidents they experience or witness, we do provide an option to report anonymously. However, the ability of our bias response team members to respond to anonymous reports is limited, including not being able to provide support and resources to the reporting party. In addition, our team members may not be able to gather sufficient information without a point of contact and therefore may not be able to fully investigate and respond to the incident.
Students are encouraged to contact:
Office of Student Conduct
6823 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
Faculty, Staff, Affiliates, and Visitors are encouraged to contact:
Office of Institutional Equity
1555 Poydras, Suite 964
New Orleans, LA 70112
- To review the full list of Frequently Asked Questions, click here.