In the wake of racist and sexist flyers distributed at the University of Southern California and UCLA last spring, USC is implementing a new bias reporting system, reports the Daily Trojan.
An online bias reporting form is set to be up on line this week. The related Bias Assessment Response & Support website went live two weeks ago and includes a list of phone numbers where bias incidents can be reported anonymously.
“The form should be up fairly soon, and when we do that, that’s when we can really start on doing a campaign throughout the university,” said Lynette Merriman, assistant provost for Student Affairs . “We’re also going to emphasize some of the wonderful support resources that we have for our students.”
Racism, Islamphobia, discrimination, anti-semitism and oppression are among the things that can be reported.
“The existence of a campus bias protocol will open up conversations about what bias incidents look like and feel like for those who are not knowledgeable,” Mary Ho, director of Asian Pacific American Student Services said. “Targeted students and groups can begin to identify bias incidents when they occur and report it accordingly, now that there’s a structure in place.”
You can read about how the new system might impact students in the Daily Trojan