Emerson College is committed to a living, learning, and working environment where all community members can thrive without fear of hate or bias. The Emerson Bias Reporting Form provides students, staff, and faculty with a centralized reporting tool if they experience or witness an incident of bias on any Emerson campus.
This form should not be used in cases of emergency or where an individual feels a threat to personal or community safety. For emergency assistance, please dial 911 or the Emerson College Police Department at 617-824-8555.
The purpose of the Emerson Bias Reporting Form is to address incidents that violate the College’s values of respect and equity and to identify patterns of individual and structural behavior for institutional response. Those who use this form to report bias can expect that the report will be kept private, however information may need to be shared with others at the College in order to appropriately respond to the incident. Reports will be responded to as soon as possible, but typically within two business days.
Emerson College defines bias as a particular tendency, trend, inclination, feeling, or opinion, especially one that is preconceived or unreasoned such as unreasonably hostile feelings or opinions about a social group. A bias-related incident is any action committed against a person or group that is motivated, in whole or in part, by bias against the person’s or group’s perceived or actual social identity, such as race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or religion, etc.
Bias Response Team and Campus Resources
Staff members in the following departments respond to reports of bias depending on the relationship the person named in the incident has with the College (student, faculty, or staff)
- For Reports Involving Students: Julie Rothhaar-Sanders, Director, Community Standards
- For Reports Involving Faculty: Brooke Knight, Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs
- For Reports Involving Staff: Cathy Carney, Director of Human Resources
Additionally, there are several campus resources available for those who seek support and advocacy for an incident of bias:
- Social Justice Center, 120 Boylston St. 10th Floor, sjc [at] emerson.edu; 617-824-8528;
- Healing & Advocacy Collective (Confidential), 180 Tremont St. #303 and #304 advocate [at] emerson.edu, 617-824-8857
- Emerson Counseling & Psychological Services (Confidential), 216 Tremont 2nd Floor, counseling_center [at] emerson.edu; 617-824-8595
The Bias Reporting Form will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. You may submit a report anonymously or you can provide contact information if you would like a member of the Bias Response Team to reach out to you. Should you include contact information, a staff member representing the Emerson Bias Response Team will contact you. Responses to reports of bias may range from informal resolution to formal disciplinary action, depending on the specifics of each incident. Please email bias [at] emerson.edu with any questions or concerns.