Frequently Asked Questions

Should certain discussions be avoided in classrooms and/or offices?

We do not recommend that you avoid difficult topics altogether; often times it is the absence of engaging in certain topics that creates an environment where it is difficult to facilitate and provide educational moments. Therefore, we recommend reaching out and taking advantage of professional development opportunities designed to provide you with additional skill sets to navigate difficult conversations in the classroom in order to reduce harm. The Center for Race, Equity, and Identity provides consultations to help you design a curriculum to fit both your academic and professional needs. In addition, the following offices are also resources:

What if a student comes to me with an incident? What should I do?

If a student shares an incident encourage the student to submit a BERT report on the Goucher website and if the student is reluctant to report an incident, you can submit a report on the incident reported to you. Please ask for permission and communicate with the student before submitting.

If the incident is not within our function as a team, we will make sure it is passed on to the proper channels. Ultimately, it is important that we receive reports and have the opportunity to assess them.

In addition, you are also welcome to submit a report on behalf of the student, but reports can be submitted anonymously with this reporting form.

Can faculty and administrators submit a report if an incident is witnessed?

Yes, faculty and administrators can submit reports as a witness of an incident. If you are unsure of the nature of the incident, please submit the report. When in doubt, please submit a report. Reports can be submitted anonymously.

Should we submit reports to BERT instead of contacting Campus Safety?

No. If it is an emergency, please call 911 or Campus Safety at 410-337-6111. You can also submit a BERT report after you have contacted Campus Safety.

What happens when a report is submitted?

The BERT Team receives the initial report. A confirmation email is sent to the individual who submits the report (even if the report is submitted anonymously). If the report is not anonymous, and the individual would like to be contacted, a BERT Team member will schedule an initial meeting with the impacted individual(s).

The Team will review and assess the report and conducts an assessment and develops an action plan.

Is it ever too late to submit a report?

No. We encourage folx to submit reports because the team can connect you and/or those affected to supports and resources.

Can I submit a report for an incident that has occurred off campus?

Yes. We encourage all members of the Goucher community to submit reports of incidents that have occurred off-campus at college sponsored events and activities.

Are all reports bias?

No, not all reports are found to be bias; however that does not mean that an incident cannot have an impact on the community. If an incident has impact on the community, there is still the opportunity to provide a space to process and/or educate.

It is also important to note that some reports do not contain enough information to determine if the incident was bias or not and those reports may not be classified as bias.

Are bias incidents hate crimes?

While all hate crimes are bias incidents, not all bias incidents are hate crimes. In Maryland, a hate crime is a criminal offense against a person or their property because of the person’s race, color, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender, disability, national origin, or because that person is homeless. Depending on the underlying criminal act, the hate crime may be considered a separate misdemeanor or felony and the offender may be subject to additional sentencing beyond that imposed for the underlying crime.