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During times of global crisis, our most vulnerable cultural populations are at increased risk for exacerbated harms. The Office of Inclusive Excellence Education & Development (OIEED) continues to provide comprehensive response to issues of identity-based violence, bias, harassment and hate. If you have questions about any changes being made to our current work and prevention efforts in response to COVID-19, or if you are seeking advocacy for incident of bias or harassment, please contact:

Carla Fullwood, Director of Inclusive Excellence Education and Development

Visit the OIEED COVID-19 Support & Resources page

Incidents of Bias, Discrimination, Harassment, and Hate

Elon University values and celebrates the diverse backgrounds, cultures, experiences and perspectives of our community members. By encouraging and celebrating these differences, we create an environment that promotes freedom of thought and academic excellence. Elon University denounces bias-related conduct as a violation of University Honor Code. Bias-related incidents, including slurs based on racial or ethnic identity, faith tradition, gender expression/identity, sexual orientation, ability and others create, a hostile educational, living and working environment and such acts are not tolerated in our academic community.

The term “bias-related” refers to language, behaviors and acts that demonstrate discrimination or hate against persons or groups because of any of the following identity categories (perceived or otherwise): race, ethnicity, faith tradition, national origin, gender, gender expression/identity, sexual orientation, age/generation, socio-economic status and disability. These categories are examples and are not an exhaustive list of attributes or characteristics protected under this policy.

Steps in the Bias Response Process

Step 1: Bias incident report is submitted

All current and former members of the university can file a bias incident report.

Step 2: Report is reviewed

Report is reviewed by staff in the Office of Inclusive Excellence Education and Development (OIEED) to determine the nature of the bias-related incident and potential immediate referral

Step 3: Action planning

Based on the nature of the bias-related incident, in collaboration with impacted parties and campus partners, an action plan is developed including supportive measures for affected parties and accountability strategies. Campus Partners may include but are not limited to Student Conduct, Human Resources Compliance, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, Campus Safety & Police, Identity and Global Engagement Offices, Student Life, Academic Deans or Department Chairs, etc.

Step 4: Plan implementation

Taking into consideration of the desired outcomes of harmed parties and university policies, a response plan is implemented.

Step 5: Ongoing support & additional harm transformation

In consultation with impacted parties and based on the nature of the bias-related incident, OIEED may work with campus partners to offer ongoing support and follow-up for harm transformation.

Step 6: Assessment

OIEED engages with impacted parties to assess response.

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