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Bias Education and Response Team for Students

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As a community grounded in civility and respect, Vanderbilt University welcomes the differences that make us a stronger community. We know that freedom of expression and robust discussion of dissenting views are vital to the nature of academic debate. Nevertheless, Vanderbilt does not support expressions of hatred, derogatory speech, personal attacks, or any conduct designed to injure or elicit violence, or that in any other way threatens the welfare and safety of a member of our community. Vanderbilt believes that education is the best way to reduce the biases that can lead to such expressions of intolerance.

Bias is a pre-formed negative opinion toward a group of persons who possess common characteristics or experiences. Bias or discrimination incidents may be acts of intolerance committed against a person or group based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service, genetic information, or gender expression.

The Vanderbilt Bias Education and Response Team (Response Team) is made up of administrators who are available to support and guide students seeking assistance in determining how to handle an alleged bias or discrimination incident. Its purpose is to:

• Provide resources and support to those affected by incidents of bias;

• Develop and deliver programs and educational opportunities to help eliminate bias;

• Recommend institutional practice or policy to appropriate areas;

• Facilitate meaningful dialogue and make recommendations for educational intervention when appropriate; and

• Refer particular cases to Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services (EAD), which is responsible for investigating allegations of bias, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, or other offices as appropriate.


The Response Team does not:

• Investigate bias incidents;

• Impose discipline or sanctions; or

• Arbitrate disputes.


The Response Team, which is convened by EAD, is a cooperative University initiative led by officials from various campus offices including (as appropriate for the incident or issue):


• Student Accountability, Community Standards, and Academic Integrity

Vanderbilt University Public Safety

Black Cultural Center

Center for Student Wellbeing

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Inclusion Initiatives Cultural Competence

International Student and Scholar Services

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Life

Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center

Project Safe Center

Residential Education

Social Justice and Identity

University Chaplain and Religious Life

Office of Inclusive Excellence

• Other offices as needed


EAD will convene the Response Team or some subgroup thereof, as needed.

How to report an incident

Reports will remain private to the extent reasonably possible while allowing the Response Team to carry out its mission. You may always submit a report in person (M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), by mail, by email, or by phone to EAD:


Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services Department

2301 Vanderbilt Place Baker Building, Suite 975

Nashville, TN 37240-1809


Campus Mail: PMB 401809

Phone: (615) 322–4705 (V/TDD) Fax: (615) 343–4969


Vanderbilt also offers other options to report concerns and complaints; these may be used at any time and the user may report anonymously. However, the University may be limited in its ability to respond or address an incident/issue that is reported anonymously. by toll-free call to 844-814-5935. or 615-343-7867.

Reports can also be made to other campus officials and/or offices, including those that are partners of the Response Team. These reports will be referred to EAD for appropriate follow-up.


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