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Bias Assessment and Response Team

The Bias Assessment and Response Team (BART) aims to provide impacted parties of bias incidents opportunities to be heard and supported; understand and respond to situations that affect the University; educate and inform the community, and create awareness of ignorance and intolerance. The BART provides services to witness(es), bystanders(s), targeted individual(s), offender(s), or any member(s) of the Rowan community. This is done in accordance with Rowan University's statement on diversity.

Incidents reported as bias acts may not be in violation of any civil, criminal or University codes, and as such may not result in discipline. However, the University will offer support to those reporting incidents as well as educational programs to prevent and stop the spread of bias-related incidents on campus.

Bias-Related Incident vs. Hate Crime

Bias-Related Incident

Hate Crime

A bias-related incident is an act of bigotry, harassment, intimidation, coercion, or damage to property by know or unknown perpetrators that occurs on the Rowan University’s campus within an area that impacts the Rowan University community. Additionally, a bias incident can be a verbal, written, physical, or psychological act that one could reasonably conclude is directed at a member or a group of the RU community because of individual’s or group’s actual or perceived age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, political or social affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected class, or combination of these or related factors.

A person is guilty of a bias intimidation crime under New Jersey law if he commits, attempts to commit, conspires with another to commit, or threatens the immediate commission of an offense with the purpose to intimidate an in­dividable or group of individuals because of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity. Such an offense also constitutes a bias intimidation crime if the manner in which the offense is committed causes the victim to reasonably believe either:

  1. that the offense was committed with a purpose to intimidate the victim because of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gen­der identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity; or
  2. that the victim or his property was selected to be the target because of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity.

Rowan University Diversity Statement

Rowan University promotes a diverse community that begins with students, faculty, staff, and administration who respect each other and value each other’s dignity. By identifying and removing barriers and fostering individual potential, Rowan will cultivate a community where all members can learn and grow. The Rowan University community is committed to a safe environment that encourages intellectual, academic, and social interaction and engagement across multiple intersections of identities. At Rowan University, creating and maintaining a caring community that embraces diversity in its broadest sense is among the highest priorities.

The BART

The BART provides services to witness(es), bystanders(s), targeted individual(s), offender(s), or a member(s) of the Rowan community. It is not BART’s purpose to investigate, adjudicate, or to take the place of other Rowan University processes and services; rather, the aim is to compliment and work with campus entities to connect impacted parties and communities with appropriate support and resources.

Tips to Stop Bias

As a Prof, you have an obligation to take an active role in fostering an appreciation for diversity and sending the message loud and clear that bias-related acts will not be tolerated.

Report a Bias Incident

This form can be completed by either victims of bias-related incidents or witnesses to them. Please include as much information as possible. All reports will be kept confidential to the extent possible; you also have the option to file anonymously.

BART FAQs

While Rowan University is dedicated to promoting a diverse community that begins with students, faculty, staff and administration who respect each other and value each other’s dignity, we recognizes that excellent educational experiences include and must allow for divergent viewpoints and perspectives, some of which may challenge individual beliefs, values, or cultural norms. As a campus community, Rowan values and protects academic freedom, which is not intended to be undermined or weakened by this bias prevention policy.

Make a Formal Complaint

Students wishing to file a formal complaint pursuant to Rowan University's Student Complaint Policy, which outlines the procedures that will ensure prompt resolution of student complaints, may do so by submitting a letter of complaint to the appropriate department, dean, or to the office of the provost.

Report a Crime

DO NOT complete a Bias Incident Report if you are an identified campus security authority (CSA) who is required under the Federal Clery Act to report information you received about crimes. Please report the crime by following this link.