Bias Education & Response Team

The Division of Student Affairs and the Center for Race, Equity, and Identity established the Bias Education Response Team (BERT) to ensure that affected student(s) have access to appropriate resources, to assist the division in its response, and to facilitate a coordinated campus response to bias-related incidents and any situations that may impact the campus climate.

Coordinated responses may include, but are not limited to, identification of and referral to appropriate support services and resources (on– or off–campus), informal resolution measures such as mediation, facilitated dialogue between parties, facilitated discussions in residence halls or other campus locations, recommendations for campus notices for fact sharing, and efforts towards wider educational awareness, prevention, and outreach. In the case of a potential violation of College Regulations, the Bias Education Response Team does not play a role in the investigation of alleged incidents or play a role in separate adjudication and conduct processes where warranted.

Note: The expression of an idea or point of view some may find offensive or charged is not necessarily a bias-related incident. Goucher values freedom of expression and the open exchange of ideas. The expression of controversial ideas and differing views is a vital part of campus discourse. While this value of openness protects controversial ideas, it does not protect harassment or expressions of bias or hate aimed at individuals or groups that violate College policies.


View the Goucher College Bias Education and Response Team
2016 Report Summary (PDF)


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