Bias Incident Report
Every member of Kappa Delta is aware of and commits to Kappa Delta’s non-discrimination policy and strives to create a safe and inclusive environment of mutual respect and understanding, and create a sisterhood that provides experiences that build confidence in women and inspires them to action without fear of prejudice or bias.
The Bias Response and Intervention Team (BRIT) will provide a process for response, accountability, and restoration for Kappa Delta members and/or Kappa Delta chapters. BRIT adapts restorative justice principles to allow for a collaborative, solution-oriented process between our members with the support of the BRIT team. Responses to bias incidents may include: educational conversations, workshops, mediation and facilitated dialogue, support and assistance to affected individuals, resolution agreements, warnings, loss of privileges, etc. The response team is focused on creating an inclusive and safe environment for our collegiate members and prioritizes its efforts on collegiate chapters and alumnae working with collegiate chapters.
Do not use this form to report events presenting an immediate threat to life or property. If you require emergency assistance, please call 911 or contact your University Police Department. To submit a bias incident report to BRIT click here.
Kappa Delta Nondiscrimination policy: Kappa Delta Sorority does not tolerate any form of discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, creed, religious affiliation, disability, veteran status, national origin or sexual orientation. We consider for membership all who self-identify as women and who meet our high standards in the areas of character, academics and leadership potential. Kappa Delta seeks to create inclusive and equitable environments and experiences for our members, potential new members and communities.
In particular, Kappa Delta is committed to taking action through education and restorative justice to address behaviors that do not align with our values. Every member should feel she belongs. Members, undergraduates and alumnae, are expected to promote and demonstrate an understanding of diversity, both on the college campus and in the world community.
Bias incidents include conduct or behavior (verbal, nonverbal, or written) that is threatening, harassing, intimidating, discriminatory, or hostile and is based on a person’s identity or group affiliation, including (but not limited to) such things as race, age, disability status, gender, gender identity/expression, national origin, sexual orientation, or religion. Please note that just because the expression of an idea or point of view may be offensive or inflammatory, it is not necessarily a bias incident. Kappa Delta values freedom of expression and the open exchange of ideas, and the expression of controversial ideas and differing views is a vital part of the collegiate experience within a safe space of mutual respect.
Steps you can take. If you feel a member of Kappa Delta has committed an act of bias (either conscious or unconscious), discrimination or hate and she is a collegian, you may report her to her chapter’s standards board. For collegians or alumnae working with collegiate members (such as CAB, housing volunteers, National Leadership Team), or house staff (such as house directors, caterers, etc.), this form can be used to submit directly to BRIT.
What happens after a bias incident is reported?
- Report: The BRIT co-chairs receive the report.
- Respond: The BRIT co-chair(s) contact the reporting party within two business days to confirm receipt of the report and possibly gather additional information about the report. On a case-by-case basis, it is determined if additional parties need to be consulted and/or interviewed.
- Evaluate: The BRIT co-chair(s) evaluate the incident and consider possible response(s). Responses will vary according to the nature of the incident and the individual(s) involved.
- Resolve: The BRIT co-chair(s) notifies the reporting party if the incident will be handled by the BRIT or if the incident will be redirected to the respective chapter standards board for resolution. The proposed response plan will be communicated to the reporting party if their identity is known. If the reporting party objects to the plan, the BRIT co-chair(s) consider the objections and decide to either revise the plan or to proceed with its implementation.
- Assess: BRIT will share data, patterns and trends with the National Council, Training and Development, and Collegiate Experience Teams to create awareness and influence cultural change.