Engaging in a Diverse World

Bias Response Process

A bias incident is an act or behavior motivated by the offender’s bias against the facets of another's identity. Bias occurs whether the act is intentional or unintentional. Bias may be directed toward an individual or group. Bias may contribute to creating an unsafe/unwelcoming environment. 

The University takes seriously its responsibility to appropriately balance its core values of protecting individual freedoms (e.g., freedom of speech, artistic expression, freedom of association, academic freedom) and ensuring equal and fair treatment of all. These values may sometimes be in conflict. There are many considerations when determining whether bias-related conduct violates the University's expectations of members of our community. In so doing, the University is always mindful that academia is a unique place where the exchange of ideas, robust debate and artistic expression are critical to the University’s teaching and research missions. 

Duke University is committed to being a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all students, faculty and staff. Fostering this climate includes taking constructive action if one witnesses or knows about behavior perceived to be inconsistent with the Duke Community Standard, which may include violation of university policies.

Find out more about our disciplinary process.

Learn about the Bias Response Advisory Committee.