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Vassar College Bias Incident Response Team

The Dean of the College division has established a Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT), which may be convened to ensure that affected student(s) have access to appropriate resources, to assist the division in its response, and to facilitate a coordinated campus response to bias-related incidents and situations that may impact campus climate.

Coordinated responses may include, but are not limited to, identification of and referral to appropriate support services and resources (on– or off–campus), informal resolution measures such as mediation, facilitated dialogue between parties, facilitated discussions in residence halls or other campus locations, recommendations for campus notices for fact sharing, and efforts towards wider educational awareness, prevention, and outreach. In the case of a potential violation of College Regulations, the Bias Incident Response Team does not play a role in the investigation of alleged incidents or play a role in separate adjudication and conduct processes where warranted.