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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.

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.

Recent Incidents & Updates

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Sep 7, 2021

Discord Server Harassment

Three unknown individuals joined the Muslim Student Association Discord channel and began using racist language and sharing racist memes and images in an attempt to “troll” the channel and its members.


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Sep 7, 2021

Antisemitic Text Message

A member of the campus community reported that they received a text message from an unknown phone number, which contained hate speech against the Jewish community.


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Sep 2, 2021

Stadium Tunnel Poster Vandalism

An individual reported that one of the posters related to the Ute Proud campaign had been vandalized.


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Apr 1, 2021

U of U Health Medical Facility Assault

A patient at a University of Utah Health medical facility verbally and physically assaulted staff members.


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Mar 15, 2021

Anti-Police Posting

A poster with offensive words in Spanish and a negative portrayal of a police officer was posted in a public-facing office window of a building on Presidents Circle.


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