How to Report Bias Incidents and/or Discriminatory Harassment
If you are in immediate danger and on campus, call Community safety at 503-788-6666 or 911 (#911 from campus phones). If you are off-campus, call 911. If you are on or off-campus and in a safe place but require an immediate response, call Community Safety at 503-788-6666.
Reporting experienced, observed, or disclosed discriminatory harassment is strongly encouraged. Reporting an incident is not the same as filing a formal complaint (though, for some purposes, a formal complaint may function both as a report and a formal complaint). Reporting to the college does not constitute a report to law enforcement, although the college will assist the complainant in reporting to law enforcement if requested, and at times may contact law enforcement without the consent of the complainant if it is necessary to protect the safety of the community.
All internal reports will receive prompt attention. The Dean for Institutional Diversity (or designee thereof) will evaluate the report and seek to determine whether an informal or formal resolution is appropriate. In the case of an informal resolution, the Dean for Institutional Diversity (or designee thereof) will work with the complainant(s) in providing the complainant(s) with their options for seeking a resolution. This process is intended to seek a resolution for reports of bias incidents and discriminatory harassment. It is not a process of fact finding in order to determine whether the DHSM policy has been violated.
If no informal resolution can be reached or a formal investigation is necessary to determine whether the DHSM policy has been violated, then the incident will be referred to the appropriate parties for a formal resolution. At any point in this process, the complainant(s) may decide to seek a formal resolution.
The Dean for Institutional Diversity (or designee thereof) will review reports in the aggregate in order to discover and address patterns of behavior that create or threaten to create a hostile environment.
Protection from Retaliation
Any attempt to retaliate or any actual retaliation in response to a report or complaint is strictly prohibited (refer to section X. of DHSM policy) and may result in discipline up to and including discharge for employees and suspension or expulsion for students, in accordance with the college's established judicial procedures.
Students may report discriminatory harassment and/or explore options for addressing the problem by contacting any of the offices listed on the right.
Students who have experienced or witnessed bias related incidents or discriminatory harassment involving staff and/or faculty are encouraged to contact any of the offices listed on the right.
Students who have experienced or witnessed bias related incidents or discriminatory harassment involving students are encouraged to report the incident to any of the parties listed on the right, and to review their options for informal resolution, mediation via the Honor Council, and/or formal adjudication via the Judicial Board. Any of the parties listed to the right can help you to decide which remedies may be most appropriate in a given situation.
When appropriate, community members are encouraged to speak directly with the parties involved to work together toward a mutually agreeable resolution of the incident.
The Mediation Subcommittee of the Honor Council facilitates informal and formal mediation. Formal mediation is a confidential, voluntary process moderated by a mutually agreed-upon mediator. Please see the mediation request form and Honor Council code.
Honor Council members also serve as an outlet for questions and concerns regarding Honor Principle issues and information about navigating the Honor Process, including the Bias Incident Report Process. Consultations with Honor Council are kept confidential.
Office location: GCC 033A
The Reed College Student Judicial Board (J-Board) serves a vital role in a community governed by an Honor Principle. If community members are unable to work out an alleged Honor Principle violation amongst themselves, formal mediation fails to result in an agreeable solution, or the offense is sufficiently egregious, community members may submit a complaint to the J-Board for more formal adjudication. Please see the J-Board code and guide for submitting complaints.
Faculty and staff may report bias related incidents or discriminatory harassment and/or explore options for addressing the problem by contacting any of the offices listed on the right. The Office of the Dean of the Faculty works primarily with faculty and the Office of Human Resources works primarily with staff.
If a student reports a biased related or discriminatory harassment incident to you or if you believe that they may be about to disclose an incident of bias or harassment, please follow the procedures outlined in the Resource Guide for Faculty and Staff Responding to a Report by a Student.