Role of the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT)
The Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) coordinates the University’s response to reported incidents of bias involving students outside of an academic setting. They will work to ensure that all parties involved in an incident - victims, students accused of the alleged conduct, and community members - are supported and connected with appropriate resources. The Bias Incident Response Team will assign specific staff members to individual students and communities to offer ongoing support.
When a bias incident occurs, the person receiving the complaint will notify the Coordinator of BIRT, who will convene the team. The Bias Incident Response Team will determine if further investigation is needed to gather additional information, and if so, will appoint the person to conduct the investigation. Potential investigators include members of BIRT, Student Academic Life staff members, a Title IX Investigator, and Public Safety.
Once the investigation has concluded, all information will be forwarded to BIRT. The Bias Incident Response Team will review the investigative materials, develop a plan for response, and when appropriate, refer to the relevant student conduct process. The Bias Incident Response Team will work in collaboration with the student conduct process.
The Bias Incident Response Team will also determine how and when bias incidents should be communicated to the campus community. Where appropriate, the team will coordinate communication in the moment or shortly after incidents have occurred.
The Bias Incident Response Team will also notify the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) once a bias incident has occurred and make recommendations for appropriate follow up for our community.
When a bias incident occurs off campus in the Greencastle community, BIRT will coordinate support to affected parties and may also work with city officials to respond to the incident.
2018-2019 BIRT members
- Alan Hill, Vice President for Student Academic Life
- Renee Madison, Title IX Coordinator and Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity and Compliance
- Myrna Hernandez, Dean of Students, (BIRT Coordinator)
- Dorian Shager, Dean of Campus Life
- Kevin Hamilton, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Campus Living and Community Development
- Charlene Shrewsbury, Director of Public Safety
- Sarah Ryan, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Women's Center
- Karin Wimbley, Interim Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion
BIRT Reports 2018-19
|Date||Reporter||Official Report||Location||Type||Impetus||Responding Office||Actions|
|8/23/18||Staff||No||On Campus||Microaggression||Race||Dean of Students, Athletics||Individual Student Support|
|8/21/18||Staff||No||On Campus||Microaggression||Race||Dean of Students, Class Dean||Individual Student Support|
|8/18/18||Staff||No||Off Campus||Verbal Interaction||Race||Dean of Students, Class Dean||Individual Student Support|
|8/18/18||Staff||No||Residence /Housing||Verbal Interaction||Race||Dean of Students, CLCD||Individual Student Support|
|10/3/18||Student||BIRT||Residence /Housing||Microaggression||Race||CLCD||Individual Student Support, Community Support|
|10/3/18||Student||Public Safety||Street||Verbal Interaction||Race||Public Safety, Dean of Students, CDI, Hartman Center, Spiritual Life, Counseling Services, Class Dean||Public Safety Investigation, Individual Student Support, Community Support|
|10/26/18||Student||Public Safety||Off Campus||Verbal Interaction||Race, LGBTQIA||Public Safety, Dean of Students, CLCD, Class Deans||Public Safety Investigation, Individual Student Support, Community Support|
|10/26/18||Staff||BIRT||Residence||Vandalism||Race||Facilities, CLCD||Individual Student Support, Removed by Facilities, Community Support|
|10/30/18||Student||Public Safety||Public||Microaggression||Ethnicity /Nationalism||Public Safety, Dean of Students||Public Safety Investigation, Individual Student Support|
|11/5/2018||Student||Public Safety||Public||Microaggression||Ethnicity/Nationalism||Public Safety, Dean of Students||Individual Student Support|
|11/12/2018||Student||BIRT||On Campus||Profiling||Race||President's Office, Dean of Students||Individual student support, Referred to Human Resources|
|11/14/2018||Student||BIRT||On Campus||Profiling||Race||CLCD, Dean of Students||Mediation planned|
|11/18/2018||Student||Public Safety||On Campus||Verbal Interaction||Race||Dean of Students, CDI||Public Safety Investigation, Individual Student Support|
- PDF of BIRT Reports 2017-18