Frequently Asked Questions About Columbia’s Bias Response

Bias is an inclination for or against one person or group, especially in a way considered to be unfair.

A bias-related incident occurs when language or behavior conveys prejudice and is motivated in whole or in part by a negative judgment about an aspect of a person’s (or group’s) perceived identity. 

A member of the Team will review and respond to your report within two business days. A member of the Team will offer to meet and discuss the incident in detail and explore a plan for resolution. During the meeting, Team members will provide information about University resources. 

When incidents do not involve a violation of law or University Policy, Team members can assist in implementing remedying solutions, such as facilitated dialogue and educational opportunities. When a reported incident involves a potential violation of University Policy or law, Student Conduct and Community Standards (SCCS) or Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) will review and respond to the report.

Yes, however, anonymous reports limit our ability to fully address the situation. If you are concerned about sharing your contact information, you can submit a report anonymously, which may help us track patterns of bias occurring on campus.

The Bias Incidents Resource Team, SCCS and EOAA are not confidential resources. If you would like to speak to a confidential resource, below is a list of confidential resources for Columbia students.

Any report you file with the Bias Incidents Resource Team, SCCS or EOAA and follow-up conversations will be kept private — and only shared as needed with other campus officials.

For information regarding support services and additional resources, please contact any of the following:

Confidential Resources

Nonconfidential Resources

No. The purpose of Columbia’s bias response process is to support our community, not to suppress speech. Columbia offers robust protection of speech, while simultaneously cultivating a culture of inclusion. Visit Freedom of Expression on Our Campus for more information about free speech and Columbia.