Bias Impact Reporting

Simmons University seeks to provide a welcoming and inclusive campus where all members of our community – students, faculty and staff – feel safe, respected, and valued. Bias, microaggressions, and prejudice have no place at our University, and our commitment to ensuring an inclusive, welcoming campus leads us to establish a process by which aggrieved members of the University can report potential incidents of bias, microaggressions, and prejudice.

Pursuant to the University's ongoing commitment to inclusive excellence, the University's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (the "ODEI") will support those who have been affected by potential bias, microaggressions, or prejudice; work with department/program leadership to review reported incidents and identify potential appropriate outcome(s); identify potential learning opportunities for University faculty, staff, and students, in small groups, in a particular College or unit, or at the University generally; and refer matters to appropriate University offices, including, without limitation, the University's Title IX Coordinator, Section 504 Coordinator, and/or General Counsel's Office, where appropriate.

We are committed to respecting your privacy relating to the information you submit through this form and any future related communications. Please note, however, the information you share through this form and any future communications is not confidential. Other offices and departments will receive the information you share, as appropriate, including without limitation, the academic leadership, Public Safety, and General Counsel's Office. Regardless of the circumstances, matters will be handled in conformity with the University's privacy policies and relevant applicable law. Information about individuals or situations will be shared with other individuals with a legitimate need to know. The University has strong anti-retaliation policy in support of individuals who seek assistance in good faith relating to potential bias, microaggressions, and prejudice.

When a Bias Impact Report is submitted, the reporting party will be contacted and informed about support resources available to them at the University. If the reported behavior appears to be a violation of University policy and/or the law, the reporting party will also be informed about additional ways the incident may be addressed. Typically, the party against whom the report was made will be notified of the report.

Unlawful Discrimination, Harassment, or Retaliation

Anyone needing to report an allegation of unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation should not use this form, but should instead following the reporting process outlined in the University's Notice of Non-Discrimination and is encouraged to submit their report to the University's Office of the General Counsel, at [email protected]. Concerns relating to the following may be reported to the following individuals:

  • Reports of allegations of unlawful discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment, should be submitted to the University's Title IX Coordinator, Sara Simberg, at [email protected].
  • Reports of allegations of unlawful discrimination or harassment on the basis of disability should be submitted to the University's Section 504 Coordinator, Elizabeth Dillon, at [email protected].

Bias Impact Report Form

Bias Impact Referral Form