Monthly Reporting Patterns (from the Bias Incident Response Team)

The Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) of Saint Mary’s College strives to promote a safe, hate-free environment where all people can live, work, and learn.  

One of BIRT’s primary roles is to collect and share reporting patterns with the Saint Mary’s community.  Monthly announcements will be posted here on the MySMC Portal as updated reports are available.  Click below to access updates to reporting patterns since the start of Fall 2020 term:

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To report a concern, click here:

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To request bias incident report training, learn more about the reporting process, and our goals, click here:

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Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF BIRT? 

1) educate the Saint Mary’s community about the protocol for reporting bias incidents and hate crimes and assess whether reports are bias-related;

2) provide resources for reporters and/or individuals or groups that may be affected;

3) recommend appropriate actions and educational programs to responsible offices (e.g. trainings, restorative practices, mediations, collaborative programming), that are both preventative and responsive to bias incidents and hate crimes;

4) collect and share all reporting patterns with the Saint Mary’s community (reporting data is available on the BIRT website; when appropriate, a campus-wide message may also be sent out if a trend occurs); and

5) monitor the campus climate around issues of diversity and civility.

BIRT is not punitive and does not have a disciplinary function. Rather, BIRT is educational and strives to promote community and self accountability.

WHAT IS A BIAS INCIDENT?

An incident of bias is defined in the state of California as an action or incident that targets a category of people or an individual based on actual or perceived characteristics.  These characteristics or protected identities include, but are not limited to the following: sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, race or ethnicity, religion, disability, age (40 & over), or association with. 

HOW WILL MY REPORT BE ADDRESSED? WHAT CAN I EXPECT IF I FILE A REPORT?

When you file a report, you can choose if you’d like to be contacted by a team member to learn more about resources that may be helpful to you.  In this case, a member follows up with you directly. Reports can also be made anonymously. Simultaneously, BIRT determines if any protected categories of identity were targeted based on the information provided.  If bias-related, BIRT makes recommendations to the responsible SMC office for handling and accountability. A BIRT member or the SMC office may contact the reporter if more information is needed to resolve the report.  

WHAT DOES AN "INCONCLUSIVE" ASSESSMENT MEAN?

A report is “inconclusive” when there is not enough information from the report to discern whether bias occurred; an incident pertains to one of the protected categories, but it is not clear that there was any biased action on the part of the subject; contents of report does not clearly match up with the categories of bias; or if the reporter is anonymous then there isn’t the chance for follow up in order to clarify. 

 

For any questions or concerns, email:

smcbirt@stmarys-ca.edu; or

Dean of Students/Chair of the Bias Incident Response Team, Dr. Evette Castillo Clark: ecc4@stmarys-ca.edu

Click the BIRT Website here for more information about BIRT's goals, membership, and process.