Racist & Bias Incident Response Team

The Racist & Bias Incident Response Team oversees the creation, implementation, and long-term success of university protocols, programs, and processes in order to provide appropriate and calculated responses to incidents involving bias and racism at the university.

Membership

The Racist and Bias Incident Response Team was created in late 2019 and aimed to bring together perspectives and processes from across the university in order to develop a coordinated approach to responding to racist and bias incidents on campus. The committee membership capitalizes on the knowledge, reporting structures, programming, and communication tools already in existence. Additionally, a new position was created in fall 2020 for a Special Assistant to the Chief Safety Officer. This position manages the processes developed by the committee and works closely with the team as it continues to advise, support, and assist in the implementation of university responses.

Committee membership includes representatives from Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; University Police; Facilities Management; Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action; ASUU; The Office of Inclusive Excellence; The Counseling Center; University Information Technology; Housing and Residential Education; The Center for Student Wellness; Academic Affairs; University of Utah Health; University Safety; and University Marketing and Communications. Members also collaborate with the Anti-Racism Committee to advise the Steering Committee on incidents of racism and racial bias on campus and relevant countermeasures.

Report a Bias Incident

If you are currently in a situation where immediate medical, police or other emergency services are needed, call 911 or University Emergency Communications at 801-585-2677 (801-585-COPS). To file a complaint regarding discrimination or sexual harassment, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA) at 801-581-8365. If you have witnessed or experienced a bias incident within the University of Utah community, you may use the button below to report it anonymously or with your name.

Any act of intolerance, motivated wholly or in part by bias or prejudice against an individual’s race, color, ethnicity, age, religion, size, disability, national origin, language, gender, veteran status, identity expression, sexual orientation or age—regardless of severity—can be reported using this form.

For additional reporting information, please feel free to visit here.

Incidents & Updates

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Feb 19, 2021

Dream Center Zoom Bombing

During a webinar, Zoom bombers used racist language in their audio feeds, targeting the Black community, as well as offensive speech and imagery targeting members of the Muslim community.

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Jan 29, 2021

Extremist Militia Group Decal at Construction Site

A contractor working on a University of Utah construction site, noticed a decal for the “Three Percenters” on the company vehicle of a subcontractor.

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Jan 28, 2021

Harassing Library Phone Calls

An unknown individual attempted to have a library employees repeat the title of a book which included the N-word.

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Jan 18, 2021

Lassonde Parking Lot Defacement

A parked car in the Lassonde Studios' parking lot was found defaced with racial and anti-LGBTQ+ slurs.

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Dec 9, 2020

Kahlert Village Vandalism

Reported vandalism of Kahlert Village's common area included a public display of a slur directed at the LGBTQ+ community.

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Dec 2, 2020

Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence Zoom Bombing

An unknown group of individuals “zoom bombed” a meeting using racist and offensive language and imagery targeting the LGBTQ+ community and members of the LDS Church.

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Nov 25, 2020

Divestment Committee Zoom Bombing

An unknown group of individuals “zoom bombed” a meeting using offensive sexual and racist videos, statements, images and hate speech in the text chat and annotations.

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Sep 17, 2020

BLM Sign Defacement/Vandalism

A Black Lives Matter sign inside the School of Medicine was repeatedly defaced beginning in August.

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