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Vassar College Bias Incident Response Team

The Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) convenes to ensure that affected student(s) and others have access to appropriate support to resources to help deal with the impact of an incident. The Bias Education Support Team (BEST) after receiving guidance from BIRT, will work to support the individual(s) reporting the incident and to consider a range of institutional/educational responses.

Both BIRT and BEST work together to ensure that the campus community is appropriately resourced and informed of bias-related incidents. The primary functions of BIRT are to respond, support and communicate to the campus when warranted. BIRT assists the College in the creation of campus response to bias-related incidents and situations that may impact campus climate more broadly. While BIRT meets immediately after an incident report, the broader BEST resource team meets regularly to discuss trends, campus impacts, and may suggest other campus community responses.