Details emerge about Bias Response System
Washington University is on track to roll out its Bias Response and Support System by the start of spring semester, students confirmed at a Student Union Senate meeting Wednesday.
The system, as described by senior Gaby Dinkin, one of the students initially involved in the project, will allow submissions reporting bias to be made either online or in person.
Dinkin said development on the system began last fall and that the incident in Bear’s Den last spring, in which a Sigma Alpha Epsilon pledge recited a rap song containing a racial slur, accelerated the development of the system.
“After the [Bear’s Den] incident, it was realized by the whole community that not only was this something the University needed but it was something the University needed now,” Dinkin said.
Following the incident, a Bias Response System committee was created as part of the Mosaic Project to continue work on the project.
Submissions will fall into two categories: action and information.
Action submissions will be considered by a committee made up of representatives from the undergraduate and graduate student bodies, administration, and faculty. The committee will determine how the submission should be handled and direct the person making the submission to resources that further the chosen response.
Meanwhile, information submissions will be compiled, absent any identifying information, into a report that Dinkin said would be used to help determine the campus climate relating to issues of bias.
The system is one of the first objectives of the long-term Mosaic Project that seeks to bolster campus diversity through a variety of inclusion initiatives that will unfurl over the next several years.