The Bias Prevention and Education Team is a group of University staff and faculty who support and guide students seeking assistance in determining how to handle an alleged bias incident. Members of the Bias Prevention and Education Team will respond to reported bias incidents in the following ways:
A bias incident is an alleged act of discrimination or harassment that is directed toward an individual or group of individuals because of their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability, or by any other distinguishing characteristics. A bias incident may be an alleged physical, spoken or written act of abuse, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and/or intimidation. A bias incident can occur whether the act is intentional or unintentional. Speech or expression that is consistent with the principles of academic freedom does not constitute a bias incident.
The Bias Prevention and Education Team (BPET) enables WPUNJ to provide support to community members who file a report, keep records of bias incidents, provide community education and analyze trends in efforts to continually improve campus community with respect to equity, inclusion and well-being.
BPET does not investigate, arbitrate, or replace other WPUNJ student conduct or Title IX procedures or services. Its purpose is to supplement and work with campus units to connect those who have been a target of an act of bias or those who have witnessed such an act with appropriate support and resources.
After a bias incident report submission, the BPET will designate one of its members to acknowledge receipt of the report and advise of next steps to the reporting party within two business days. Upon communication with the reporting party, the BPET will assess the needs of the reporting party, provide support to the reporting party and determine next steps. If the action violates the law or any WPUNJ policy, further action may be taken by the following individuals or offices:
Please do not use the Report Bias Incident Report Form if you are currently in a situation where immediate medical, police, psychological, or other emergency services are needed. In case of an emergency, call 911 to get the appropriate services. If you are on campus, contact University Police at 973-720-2300.
Everyone has a role to play in creating an inclusive culture. If you’ve witnessed harmful words or actions and been hesitant to get involved for fear of what others may say or think, you’re not alone. When we take action to help another person and interrupt harmful behavior, we are helping create a safe, respectful environment. Remember, if you feel uncomfortable with a situation, chances are others do too and will support you for taking action.
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