Bias Incident Report
Each member of Kappa Delta agrees to follow Kappa Delta’s non-discrimination policy and commits to creating a safe and inclusive environment of mutual respect and understanding. This commitment cultivates a sisterhood that builds confidence in women and inspires them to action without fear of prejudice or bias.
The Bias Response and Intervention Team (BRIT) provides a process for response 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, informal mediation and facilitated dialogue, support and assistance to affected individuals, resolution agreements, warnings, loss of privileges or other appropriate actions. The response team is focused on creating an inclusive and safe environment for our collegiate members and focuses 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. Collegiate chapters consider for membership those 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. Expression of a differing or controversial point of view does not necessarily reflect bias — Kappa Delta values freedom of expression and the open exchange of ideas but expects that such expression occurs within a safe space of mutual respect.
Steps you can take. Any individual can report bias related incidents, known or believed to have been committed by, organized, or endorsed in any capacity by an active collegiate member of the Sorority or an alumna member working with collegians. If you feel a collegiate member of Kappa Delta has committed an act of bias (either conscious or unconscious), discrimination or hate, you may report her to her chapter’s standards board. The Bias Response and Intervention Team (BRIT) acts as a supplement to the chapter’s standards process. Should the chapter’s standards board need additional guidance or direction, or a collegiate member has concerns about the standards board or local support, they can submit a Bias Incident Report directly to BRIT.
If you feel an alumna member of Kappa Delta who is working with collegiate members (such as CAB, housing volunteers, National Leadership Team) has committed an act of bias (either conscious or unconscious), discrimination or hate, you can submit a report directly to BRIT through the Bias Response and Intervention Team’s (BRIT) web form.
What happens after a bias incident is reported?
- Report: The BRIT co-lead receive the report.
- Respond: The BRIT co-lead(s) contacts the reporting party within two business days to confirm receipt of the report and gather additional information about the report as needed. Whether additional parties need to be consulted and/or interviewed will be determined on case-by-case basis.
- Evaluate: The BRIT co-lead(s) evaluates the incident and consider possible response(s). Responses will vary according to the nature of the incident.
- Resolve: The BRIT co-lead(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.
- Assess: BRIT will share data, patterns and trends with the National Council, training and development team and Collegiate Experience staff to create awareness and influence cultural change.