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Promoting An Inclusive Campus Community: The Bias Response Protocol

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Faculty, staff, and students recently developed The Principles Of Our Equitable Community to reflect the university’s commitment to fostering and sustaining an inclusive campus environment. 

A crucial part of living up to the highest aspirations of inclusivity is creating a bias-free campus. That’s why the university has established the Bias Response Protocol (BRP) and Bias Response Team (BRT). The protocol will assure that incidents of bias can be accurately reported, investigated, and addressed. The team is charged with ensuring that victims and/or witnesses are supported.

The Bias Response Protocol:

  • Describes the role and purpose of the BRT
  • Defines incidents to be addressed by the BRT
  • Outlines how to report a bias incident
  • Provides support services for Lehigh community members.

The protocol creates a clear way to report suspected bias incidents so they can be investigated and addressed, if appropriate, using the existing educational and disciplinary channels.

Bias incidents refer to behavior that, whether criminal or not, constitutes a violation of the University’s Student Code of Conduct or the Standards of Performance and Conduct Policy applicable to all employees, for behavior that is motivated by the violator's bias toward the victim's:

  • Actual or perceived age
  • Color
  • Disability
  • Gender identity or expression
  • Genetic information
  • Marital or familial status
  • National or ethnic origin
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Veteran status.

In addition to bias incidents, the BRT addresses hate crimes. Hate crimes are criminal offenses under federal or state law where a criminal act is motivated in whole or in part by the same types of bias listed above.

The Bias Response Team

If you are the victim of a bias incident, witness a bias incident, or want to report a bias incident, please contact one of the following individuals. 

Faculty and staff members may contact:

Henry Odi 

Vice Provost for Academic
Diversity and Co-Chair, BRT


Lee Kern

Harassment Policy Officer and Co-Chair, BRT


Jackie Matthews

Associate Vice President for Human Resources


Students may contact:   

Sharon Basso  

Dean of Students   


Ian Birky   

Director of Counseling and Psychological Services


Gryphon or other Residence Life Staff Member

Residence Life Office


You may also report incidents of bias by:

For more information please visit the Provost web site.

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