RESPONDING TO BIAS AT THE U OF M
The Bias Response and Referral Network (BRRN) responds to reports of bias incidents on the Twin Cities campus. The BRRN’s goal is to contribute to a campus climate that is welcoming, inclusive, and respectful for all. The BRRN provides support resources to impacted parties, promotes education and dialogue, and affirms the University's commitment to equity and diversity, free speech, and academic freedom.
What we do:
- Refer those who report incidents to appropriate campus offices that can effectively respond through investigation, educational coaching, or other resources, depending on the nature of the incident
- Refer students, faculty, and staff to support resources
- Log all reported incidents and track for trends
- Notify campus leaders of ongoing bias incidents and trends
- Educate and consult about the BRRN to campus groups
- Inform the campus community about our work through informational meetings and annual reports
What we don't do:
- Conduct investigations
- Take disciplinary action
- Impinge on free speech rights and academic freedom
- Provide equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) training. A list of offices that provide EDI training can be found here.
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.
Visit the Academic Freedom and Free Speech at the University of Minnesota webpage for our statement of these values and links to additional information.