The Fighting Illini Have a Team to Root Out Bias Among Students, Just Don’t Ask What Counts

The University of Illinois Bias Assessment Response Team (BART) has a message for students – Report on your fellow students!  The university department needs students to report others that offend their sensibilities.  In case you’re not sure what counts, the BART offers this definition of actions that qualify –

Bias-motivated incidents are actions or expressions that are motivated, at least in part, by prejudice against or hostility toward a person (or group) because of that person’s (or group’s) actual or perceived age, disability/ability status, ethnicity, gender, gender identity/expression, national origin, race, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, etc.

If that seems overly broad, well, it is.  If it seems like it’s a judgment call, well, that’s also correct.  As to who gets to make the judgment, just leave that up to those that know more than you.

Anyone found to have crossed the imaginary line will be sent for re-eduction… really.  The BART website lists possible outcomes as –

  • Educational conversations
  • Mediation, facilitated dialogue, etc.
  • Educational referrals
  • Resolution agreements
  • Referrals to other offices and/or programs

If none of that works, then the offender referred to student discipline.  Those are our educational dollars at work.

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