Bias Report

As an academic institution, Willamette welcomes a diversity of voices.  We pride ourselves on our ability to discuss controversial subjects and be challenged on our deepest principles and beliefs as individuals, while remaining a community that is mutually supportive and respectful.

Willamette never tolerates discrimination in its activities or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status and sexual orientation, and we are firmly committed to adhering to the letter and spirit of all federal and state equal opportunity and civil rights laws. 

Willamette University’s established points of initial contact for community members (students, faculty and staff) to use in reporting any incidents of discrimination that they observe or experience are available at the following link: Relevant university policies may be found at:

Students who suggested bias system Recognizing the complexity of these policies and processes, a group of students in the College of Liberal Arts proposed a simplified approach to reporting that would help ensure that any incidents of bias and discrimination are recognized, reported, and responded to as quickly as possible.  This page, the bias system, is the outcome of their creative suggestions.

Any member of the Willamette community may report incidents using the form below. Prompt response will be made and reports will be directed to the appropriate recipients (dean, vice president, director of Human Resources, etc.) to handle according to existing university policies and procedures.

Possible Outcomes

Depending on the nature of the reported incident, the actions taken may include:

  • Individual outreach to impacted party and offer support and information regarding available resources.
  • Route report to HR or Dean of Students for review of a potential charge for a violation of the student code of conduct or personnel action.
  • Notice to the community about the incident.
  • Engage directly with named party in report around impact and ongoing education.
  • If appropriate, facilitate dialog with impacted and named parties to gain understanding and prevent recurrence of the matter being addressed.
  • Coordinate support for community impact and broader educational outreach.

Reports may also be made directly to any of the following offices: Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at 503-370-6195 or by email at; College of Liberal Arts at 503-370-6285; College of Law at 503-370-6605; Atkinson School at 503-370-6790, and Student Affairs at 503-370-6447.

Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent allowed under policy and law.

Frequently asked questions:

What are some examples of bias incidents that might be addressed in this report?
  • Incidents of bias can include use of slurs, epithets, symbols, graffiti, degrading language, harassment, exclusionary practices, and physical threats.

  • Where is the balance between freedom of expression and incidents of bias?
  • Although the expression of an idea or point of view may be offensive or inflammatory to some, it is not necessarily a violation of law or university policy. Willamette embraces the ideals of freedom of inquiry, thought, and expression and recognizes their place in the pursuit of knowledge and exploration. While these freedoms protects controversial ideas, and sometimes even offensive and hurtful words, they do not protect acts of misconduct that violate law or university policy.

  • Bias Reporting Form

    Your Name:
    Your Telephone #:
    Your Email Address:
    Date/Time of Incident:
    Location of Incident:
    Name(s) of Alleged Perpetrators:
    (Please enter one name per line)
    Detailed Report:
    Did you contact campus safety? Yes
    Did you contact the police? Yes