As an institution, we must remain vigilant in preserving our core missions and protect the learning and living experiences of our students, employees, patients and visitors. As a community, and as members of the Mizzou family, we must actively foster a culture where open, honest and respectful interactions are the expectation, not the exception.
Launched in August 2020, the Bias Hotline is available to all faculty, staff, students and visitors at biashotline.ethicspoint.com or (844) 946-1837, 24/7 year-round. This hotline offers yet another method for reporting bias incidents – either experienced or witnessed – by members of our university community. It’s important to note that the Bias Hotline does not replace other methods for reporting concerns. Other reporting methods available to the university community include the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX and the UM System Integrity and Accountability Hotline.
If you experience, witness or suspect discriminatory behavior and/or conduct that conflicts with our University’s values, please take immediate action. If you are a student, discuss your concerns with your instructor, other university representatives or the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX. If you are an employee, university policies require you to report any instance of discrimination or harassment of which you become aware, to the applicable Title IX Coordinator or Equity Officer.
What is a bias incident?
A bias incident can be defined as conduct that discriminates, stereotypes, excludes, intimidates, mocks, degrades, threatens, harasses, or harms anyone in our university community based on actual or perceived age, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, religion, citizenship, genetic information, pregnancy status, marital status, veteran or military status, or any combination of these factors. This definition is broader than unlawful discrimination or harassment, and is intended to serve only as a guide to determine what conduct falls into the category of bias incidents. It should not be used to interpret whether a law has been violated.