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The Bias Education and Response Team (BERT) at Rutgers University - Newark envisions a safe, affirming, and inclusive community for all students to learn and work together in alignment with the University's commitment to champion diversity of thought, experience, and identity.  BERT exists to provide support-related resources to individuals who have experienced a bias incident.

Resources BERT can provide

  • Assist in the coordination of support resources needed to respond to reported bias incidents
  • Act as an intermediate facilitator
  • Develop and facilitate educational training and workshops
  • Provide training to students, faculty & staff

Have you expereinced a bias incident?

Reports can be made directly via our online reporting system

Incident Reporting Form

More About BERT

What is a bias incident?
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A “bias incident” is defined an act – either verbal, written, physical, or psychological that threatens or harms a person or group on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, atypical heredity or cellular blood trait, military service or veteran status. 

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Why should I report bias?
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To cultivate trust, cultural humility and accountability, which are essential components of community building and learning

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What happens when I submit a bias report?
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Once a report is submitted, a member of the BERT Team will contact you to acknowledge receipt of the report and will arrange a time to meet with you to obtain additional information regarding the incident and the harms experienced.  The BERT Team will work with you to cultivate a response plan and will connect you to additional resources as needed.  

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Key Contacts


Bias Education and Response Team
Paul Robeson Campus Center (PRCC)302
350 Dr. MLK Jr. BLVD Newark NJ07102

Office of the Dean of Student Life