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?

A behavior or act verbal, written or physical which is personally directed against or targets an individual or group based on perceived or actual characteristics such as race, color, religious belief, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, or age. Bias incidents differ from a hate crimes in that no criminal activity is involved.

Insensitivity or the expression of an idea some may find offensive are not necessarily bias-related incidents. Bias incidents are a singular or perpetual action and/or language that limits or threatens the ability of an individual to work, study, or participate in the campus environment.  Some bias incidents may result in a formal university compliant such as reports of discrimination, sexual misconduct, or other violations of university policy or law.  

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.