BEST Annual Reports
As part of the BESTs ongoing committement to the instituion. it annualy produces an end of year report. This report includes information about memebership, team initiatives, a log of reported incidents excluding identifying information and recommendations to the campus.
The University of Baltimore values a learning community that is diverse, inclusive, and equitable. A fundamental part of the learning process is the exchange of free ideas and thought. The University believes that civil discourse contributes to the development of personal growth and intellectual exploration within the community.
The University of Baltimore has established policies and procedures to address student conduct, expectations of employees, discrimination, and sexual misconduct. However, concerns may arise that do not violate university policies, but do not align with University values related to diversity and inclusion. As such, the University has developed a Bias Experience Support Team to address such concerns.
The Bias Experience Support Team does not engage in discipline, does not implement charges or sanctions, and does not prevent free speech. The purpose of the Bias Experience Support Team is to provide necessary support for those who report a bias experience, and to build awareness within the University community.
If you believe you have been the victim of a hate crime, you should immediately report the incident to the University of Maryland, Baltimore Police Department or local emergency personnel by calling 911.
The Bias Experience Support Team will support the University community by:
- Reviewing reports of bias;
- Clarifying relevant policy options;
- Educating individuals about resources for support;
- Providing support to University community members;
- Building awareness through education and training;
- Cataloging reports;
- Assessing areas of continued focus and development; and
- Recognizing the importance of freedom of speech and educating the University community about the overlap of bias experiences and first amendment rights.
What is a Bias-related experience?
An experience that negatively targets or intimidates an individual or group on the basis of protected class such as sexual orientation, military status, gender, gender identity, disability, age, race, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, but does not violate University policies protecting against discrimination and harassment based upon those protected characteristics.
Incidents that target individuals based on these characteristics have the potential to violate non-discrimination policies, and are dealt with through other established University policies and procedures that can be found at:
- Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures – Complaints of Discrimination against Non-Students
- Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures – Complaints of Discrimination against Students
- Sexual Harassment and other Sexual Misconduct Policy