What is the Bias Response and Education Team?
The Bias Response and Education Team (BRET) serves as a safe resource for members of the Lebanon Valley College community to raise concerns regarding incidents of bias or acts of harassment and discrimination that impact them and the College community.
BRET offers assistance to the Lebanon Valley College community by providing resources to individuals impacted by and/or involved in a reported incident. BRET is not a disciplinary body; reported incidents that potentially violate College policy may result in accountability through the College’s disciplinary processes. Certain reported acts of potential bias may be constitutionally protected speech and thus may not be subject to College action.
Lebanon Valley College values open expression and debate in the context of civility and mutual respect for diverse individuals and communities; bias incidents directly impact our ability to know, trust, support, and learn from one another.
What is a Bias Incident?
A bias incident is a perceived act of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation committed by or against a member of the Lebanon Valley College community based on actual or perceived race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, genetic information, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, marital status, age, veteran status, mental or physical disability, use of guide or support animals and/or mechanical aids, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. These acts may include, but are not limited to, slurs, graffiti, written messages, or images that harass or intimidate individuals or groups because of their membership in the above-listed protected classes.
Lebanon College is a welcoming community that embraces and values the diversity of all members of the campus community. We accept the uniqueness of all individuals, and we cultivate an environment that respects, affirms, and defends the dignity of each member of our community.
Why Should I Report a Bias Incident?
All members of the community are encouraged to report any bias-related incidents they become aware of or experience. Bias-related behaviors are reinforced when you remain silent about, laugh at, or provide excuses for the behavior. Our goals of establishing a reporting mechanism for reporting incidents of bias are:
- To provide support to those who have been the target of or witnessed bias-related incidents
- To create awareness of ignorance and intolerance as it relates to bias or hate incidents
- To be informed of the frequency and nature of bias-related incidents
- To provide educational opportunities where needed to promote understanding and demonstrate our commitment to creating and maintaining an inclusive community
- To minimize and ultimately eradicate the occurrence of bias-related incidents across our campus community
Students are free to utilize our bias reporting process regardless of whether they pursue additional on or off-campus support.
HOW TO REPORT AN INCIDENT
You can report a Bias incident in any of the following ways.
- Call the confidential and anonymous Campus Conduct Hotline at 866-943-5787
- Submit a Bias Incident report form
- Contact Public Safety x6111 or 717-867-6111
This reporting form does NOT replace a 911 call or a request for emergency service. Do not use this site to report events that present an immediate threat of life or property. Reports that are submitted through this form may not receive an immediate response. If this is an emergency, please contact Lebanon Valley College Public Safety at 717-867-6111 or ext. 6111 or dial 911.
Bias Response and Education Team Members
Felicia Brown-Haywood, associate vice president of diversity, equity, inclusion, and institutional success, BRET coordinator
Kathleen Blouch, adjunct instructor
Andrea Haldeman, chaplain and coordinator of spiritual life
Ann Hayes, senior director of human resources and Title IX coordinator
Jenna Marx, assistant professor of Psychology
Tammy Miller, student accounts coordinator and cashier
Laura Richardson, assistant professor of SLP
Jill Russell, director of global education
Matthew Sayers, professor of Religion
Jennifer Thornsberry, biology lab technician
Danielle Vigilante-Webb, director of advancement operations
Jonathan Walker-Vankuren, artist teacher of studio voice and music theatre
Holly Wendt, associate professor of English
Heather Whitman, senior assistant for the president’s office
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