Frequently Asked Questions
Bias Reporting Process
BERT follows the steps below in its process:
- Bias Incident Report Submitted
Any member of the community may submit a bias incident report at the University of Lynchburg. All submitted reports are sent to the BERT chair, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Dean of Students, and Campus Safety and Security.
- First Response
BERT’s first response to any submitted incident report is to confirm the report has been received and identify immediate support needs, referring the report to additional support staff at the University as needed.
- Impact Review and Determination
BERT, in consultation with the reporting parties, reviews the incident and determines an appropriate response. An action plan is developed, and response team leads are identified and assigned the next steps.
- Engagement and Support
BERT issues invitations for individuals to receive support and/or participate in educational programming that may include, but are not limited to, training sessions on implicit bias, cultural competency, allyship and bystander interventions, and sexual violence awareness. BERT will also explore the impact and context of the incident.
- Restorative Support
BERT collaborates with all parties in the incident to identify and provide ongoing support, opportunities, and educational options.
- Assess and Close
BERT provides a summary assessment of actions taken, resolves the report, and follows up as necessary. The BERT committee reports to the Office of Equity and Inclusion.
Bias Education Response Team
Amanda Helwig ’24
Isaiah Hudson ’24
Ghislaine Lewis, PhD