Office of the Student Advocate
Cornell University Student Assembly
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.
Please find resources to submit non-emergency reports here: https://facultydevelopment.cornell.edu/report-bias/
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.
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.