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Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT)

BIRT manages university-wide communication and response protocols for incidents where bias may be a factor. Comprised of six high-level members of LMU’s administration, BIRT was created in 2005 to fill the information gap that too often occurs when such an incident happens on campus.

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What's a Bias Incident?

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“Bias-motivated incidents” are acts that do not violate the State Penal Code but originate in bias against someone’s actual or perceived sex, gender, gender identity and expression, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, veteran status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other protected classification.

Report an Incident

As a resource coordinator, BIRT ensures that the University supports Students impacted by Bias-Motivated Incidents. Students who experience or witness any form of Bias-Motivated Incident or Hate Crime are encouraged to report the incident as soon as possible in order to maximize the University’s ability to promptly and efficiently respond. Even in situations where the reported actor(s) is not a member of the University community at the time of the report, the University will seek to provide appropriate institutional support to the Complainant, identifying any information relevant to pattern or climate and assisting the Complainant in identifying external reporting options.

Reports may be made to DPS:

To report a bias incident within the LMU community, please use this online portal

Please note that faculty and staff should also file their initial report with DPS, which will refer to HR after intake and any needed immediate responses.