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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 Bias Education and Action Team (BEAT) 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.

2017-2018 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

JC Lopez, Director of Campus Living and Community Development

Charlene Shrewsbury, Interim Director of Public Safety

Sarah Ryan, Director of the Women's Center