Bias Data Gathering System


Kalamazoo College aspires to be an environment of living and learning that will foster understanding, mutual respect, intellectual curiosity, and social commitment.  We commit ourselves to treat with respect those with whom we differ, to recognize the rights held by others, to resolve conflicts, and to provide a physically and psychologically safe learning environment.

In an effort to better understand the ways in which community members experience the campus, a pilot Bias Data Gathering System (BDGS) has been developed.  The goal of the BDGS is to gather information about the state of the K community, specifically as it relates to bias.  The intention of the pilot program is to collect information that will inform campus practices and policies.

The College’s working definition of bias for the pilot BDGS is a preconceived negative preference, inclination, or attitude about groups of people, often based on physical, cultural, religious, or social identities. The term ‘bias related’ refers to language and/or behaviors that demonstrate bias against persons because of, but not limited to, their actual or perceived identities. Examples may include defacement of posters or signs, intimidating comments or messages, vandalism to personal or university property, or similar acts, if there is evidence that the target or victim was chosen because of a characteristic such as those listed above.

Please be aware, however, that although an expression of an idea or point of view may be offensive or inflammatory to some, it is not necessarily a bias-related incident. Kalamazoo College values freedom of expression and the open exchange of ideas.  Intellectual academic discourse often involves the expression of controversial ideas and differing views.  While this value of openness protects controversial ideas, it does not protect harassment or expressions of bias or hate aimed at individuals.  The pilot BDGS does not prohibit speech historically and currently protected by College policies.

How to share bias-related information

The College has several channels through which you can report an incident of bias or receive support. Incidents involving students may be reported to the Office of Student Development; those involving faculty or athletic staff may be reported to the Provost’s Office; and those involving support and administrative staff behavior may be reported to Human Resources.  To report issues related to sexual misconduct of any kind, please be sure to use the Title IX reporting form.

The BDGS form below provides a way to share incidents that are of concern in an effort to eradicate bias-related behavior in the College community. Information from this form will be used to determine if an incident was bias-related. The information will be referred to offices that are a part of the current resolution systems and to inform other ways the College may proactively build a welcoming and affirming campus environment.  Please note: This Bias Data Gathering System does not supersede the Student Handbook, the Employee Handbook, or the Faculty Plan of Employment  

Entering personal contact information is completely optional.  However, if you would like to be contacted regarding your submission, be sure to include the necessary contact information.

Do not use this form to report an immediate threat.  If you require emergency assistance, call 911.

To report issues related to sexual misconduct of any kind, please be sure to use the Title IX reporting form.

Bias Data Gathering System Form

  • Name (Optional)
  • Were there witnesses?
  • May we contact you?