OFFICE OF BIAS REPORTING

What it is​

  • The Bias Reporting Office files and handles complaints of bias at Cornell. 

  • When a complaint does not violate University policy, the response from the office is non disciplinary. 

  • Complaints filed anonymously are usually non actionable depending on content. 

Website: https://diversity.cornell.edu/policies-and-other-initiatives/bias-reporting-cornell

Contact: https://diversity.cornell.edu/contact

Example usages of this office

  • Sally Sue's professor uses offensive language in her slideshow. Sally Sue reports this to bias reporting and they reach out to the professor to have a conversation about inclusivity in the classroom.

 

​*** The University distinguishes between bias, harassment and discrimination. Only harassment and discrimination are actionable. 

Definitions: 

Bias- "I hate people with green hair" 

 

Harassment- "I hate you because you have green hair" (and must be said many times)

 

Discrimination- Denying access to rights for protected classes. 

Examples of common misconceptions 

  • Sally Sue believes her professor's grading practices are biased. She would not find recourse through bias reporting. 

  • Sally Sue believes her course curriculum is offensive, she would not find recourse through bias reporting.