The Maurer School of Law has a longstanding tradition of working with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the university community to support our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals through action. In early 2022, the Law School released a new bias incident reporting form in partnership with university efforts. We hope this FAQ will answer many of your questions, but we welcome any others you may have.
Reporting an incident allows Maurer and IU to support those impacted and take steps to prevent future incidents. Additionally, metrics are kept of reported incidents that can be analyzed for trends and help us make systemic changes to prevent future occurrences of similar incidents.
An individual who has experienced or witnessed a bias incident can submit a form.
Yes. You can submit a form anonymously. Please note that choosing to submit anonymously may limit our ability to respond to an incident.
The primary focus when reviewing a report is the support and wellbeing of those impacted by the incident. All steps taken when a report is made are centered on that goal.
A submitted form goes exclusively to Maurer’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the IU Campus Bias Incident Reporting team. Each incident is reviewed independently with a primary goal of providing support to the individual who has experienced the bias. If contact information is provided, the reporter can expect to hear from an office within 1-2 business days.
Maurer DEI office and IU Bias Incident Reporting Team will review the report and determine what action can and should be taken based on information available.
The person making the report should expect to hear directly from Director Fonseca or a member of the campus bias incident reporting team within two business days of the report. The process from the greater IUB campus bias incident reporting team can be found here: https://reportincident.iu.edu/
An intake meeting will be offered to the reporter that is centered around the incident and identifying what support those impacted need. These conversations and reports are kept confidential and in support of those affected.
Responses to incidents will be made in communication with the reporter to the extent they would like to be included. Possible outcomes include:
- 1-on-1 ongoing support
- Engaging the person(s) impacting others
- Engaging leaders to address systemic issues
- Mediation and facilitated dialogue
A reporter’s involvement in this process is their choice. The reporting process is intended to increase support and agency.
The identities of the reporters are not shared without explicit consent.*
*Title IX incidents or incidents in which a person or persons are in danger will be shared with appropriate offices.
Data surrounding types of incidents and occurrences will be analyzed in order to identify trends. This data will be used to notify school and campus leaders of ongoing bias incidents and trends as well as educate and consult community about bias.