Metro State aspires to create an environment that is inclusive and safe for all members of the campus community. Our university will always be a place of hope and opportunity where students, faculty, and staff—regardless of who they are or what community they come from—feel welcome, feel safe to work and learn, and feel free to express their hopes, dreams, and ideas. Bias incidents undermine our campus’ efforts toward equity, inclusion, and building an anti-racist ethos limiting the university’s ability to excel in the classroom as well as restricts our service to our communities and state. These incidents impede free and open discourse and the ability to understand and learn from one another. They are hateful expressions which cause harm and fractures in our collective communities that must be addressed.
At Metro State, we recognize that deciding to report an incident and choosing how to move forward can be difficult decisions. It is your choice to report an incident, and know that the Bias Advisory Team promises to support you during this process.
All reports made to our team will be taken seriously and information will be provided to the proper office for investigation.
A bias incident is an act of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation that is motivated in whole or in part by bias based on an individual's or group's actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Bias often stems from fear, misunderstanding, hatred, and stereotypes and may be intentional or unintentional.
Metro State has policies, procedures, and protocols in place to respond to different kinds of incidents. This enables us to attend to the health and safety of the campus community, manage individual complaints or grievances, and adjudicate possible violations of university and system policies. Examples of such policies, procedures, and protocols include but are not limited to:
Minnesota State policy 1B.1, 1B.3, 1C, Respectful Workplace Procedure, the Student Conduct Code, employment agreements, faculty contracts, as well as local, state, or federal civil rights laws and regulations.
The Bias Advisory Team is a resource to guide affected individuals through established policies, procedures, and protocols and to take a timely and comprehensive approach to addressing bias incidents at Metro State. In addition, this team helps in communicating with the extended community about incident-related concerns. Report an incident.