Learn About the Bias Response Referral Network

Bias incidents happen at the University of Minnesota, as they do across the country. Such incidents undermine the University’s efforts toward equity and inclusivity. They limit our community’s ability to excel in our teaching and learning, our research, and our service to our communities and state. They also impede free and open discourse and our ability to know and learn from one another. Biased and hateful expression causes harm and fractures in our campus community that must be addressed.

The Bias Response and Referral Network (BRRN), along with other campus partners, works to respond to bias incidents on the Twin Cities Campus in ways that support those most impacted, promote education and dialogue, and affirm the University's commitment to equity and diversity, free speech, and academic freedom.

President Kaler charged the BRRN in January 2016. It was initially called the Bias Response Team (BRT), but the name was changed in November 2016 to better reflect its purpose and work.

The BRRN Year-One Report to the UMTC Campus Community.

The Bias Response and Referral Network

Gathering information about bias incidents

Supporting those who experience bias

Promoting a healthy campus climate

What is a bias incident?

A bias incident is an act of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation that is motivated in whole or in part by bias based on an individual's or group's actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Bias often stems from fear, misunderstanding, hatred, and stereotypes and may be intentional or unintentional.

Learn more about bias incidents.

Report a bias incident

Members of the Twin Cities campus community and visitors to campus can report bias incidents to the BRRN by:

Responses are typically made within 24 hours of reporting an incident.

Call 911 in case of emergency.

Free speech and academic freedom

The University is committed to safeguarding the free expression rights of all University community members, even if the expression is biased, hateful, and contrary to University values of equity and diversity. Nevertheless, biased and hateful expression causes harm and fractures in our campus community that must be addressed. The BRRN, along with other campus bodies, responds to bias incidents in ways that support those most impacted and promote education and dialogue. The BRRN is committed to upholding free speech and academic freedom on campus and does not have an investigative or disciplinary role in responding to any bias reports.