As an institution of higher education, our university welcomes a broad array of expression and thought from many different perspectives. However, behaviors and speech motivated by bias can contribute to an unwelcome learning and working environment, even when the behavior or speech does not violate university policy or the law. USU encourages everyone in the campus community to embrace our principles of community around diversity, human dignity, and social responsibility.
The Social Climate Support Team works with students and employees to provide help when an individual or group has experienced a bias incident.
Bias Incident Defined
A bias incident is speech or behiavors motivated by bias against an individual's or group's identity or their perceived identity. A bias incident could include an interaction that occurs in person or online, and it could include a physical interaction or an interaction involving property. An incident motivated by bias may be unintentional or intentional and may be based on such identifying characteristics: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or status as a protected veteran.
How the Team Helps
The Social Climate Support Team may provide referral to on- or off-campus resources and services, as well as information about university policy and ways to report concerning behavior that potentially rises to the level of a policy violation. Information involving alleged crimes or dangerous behavior is shared with University Police. If information shared includes sexual misconduct allegations, it will be forwarded to the university Title IX Coordinator in accordance with policy 340.
Response to a bias incident is not intended to prohibit or discourage the free exchange of ideas in the campus community or otherwise prohibit protected speech.
The Social Climate Support Team includes representatives from the following USU offices:
- USU Inclusion Center
- Division of Student Affairs
- Office of Equity
- Human Resources
- University Markering and Communications
- Aggies Think Care Act
- Counseling and Psychological Services
- Office of Global Engagement
- Residence Life
- Department of Public Safety
Contact the Campus Climate Support team with questions.
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