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What are Bias-Motivated Incidents?

Bias-motivated incidents are actions or expressions that are motivated, at least in part, by prejudice against or hostility toward a person (or group) because of that person’s (or group’s) actual or perceived age, disability/ability status, ethnicity, gender, gender identity/expression, national origin, race, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, etc.

Mission of the Team

Housed within the Office for Student Conflict Resolution at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Bias Assessment and Response Team (BART):

  • Collects reports of bias-motivated incidents that impact students;
  • Supports those impacted by bias;
  • Provides opportunities for educational conversation and dialogue; and
  • Publishes data (without personally identifiable information) on reported incidents.

As many of the incidents reported to BART are not violations of the law or the Student Code, the team generally utilizes an informal educational approach in its response. BART refers reports of bias-motived incidents that also violate university policy to the appropriate office for investigation.

Current Team Members

  • January Boten

    Assistant Dean of Students and Co-Chair

  • Debra Imel

    Assistant Dean of Students and Co-Chair

  • Justin Brown (ex officio)

    Associate Dean of Students

  • Dr. Shawna Patterson-Stephens (ex officio)

    Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

  • Dr. David Chih

    Director of Asian American Cultural Center

  • Robert Murphy

    Detective, University of Illinois Police Department

  • Arianna Holterman

    Assistant Dean of Students, Student Assistance Center

  • Dementro Powell

    Assistant Director, Illini Union

  • Eric Gorecki

    Program Director for Community Standards and Safety Programs, University Housing

  • Kimberly Otchere

    Assistant Director for Residential Life, University Housing

  • Brian Siemann

    Learning Disability Specialist, Disability Resources & Educational Services

  • Kaamilyah Abdullah-Span

    Director of Campus Culture & Climate, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Nizam Arain

    Associate Vice Chancellor for Compliance, Office for Access and Equity/Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Contact the Team

You may report bias-motivated incidents that occurred within the university community or that involved members of our community by sending an email with a detailed description to biasreport@illinois.edu or by completing the form at go.illinois.edu/biasreport. If available, please include the following:

  • Date, time, and location of the incident
  • Name of all individuals involved and directly impacted by the incident
  • Detailed narrative of the incident
  • Your contact information so that a member from the team may reach out to you

DISCLAIMER: A lack of detailed information, including names, may limit the ability of BART to respond to the incident.

Once a report is submitted, If you have provided your contact information, we will respond to you as soon as we are able. In the meantime, please feel free to contact the Office for Student Conflict Resolution at (217) 333-3680.


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