Bias Incident Support Services
In alignment with the overarching missions and goals of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Bias Incident Support Services (BISS) is charged with responding, educating and reporting to the campus about bias incidents. BISS oversees bias reporting and response, the coordination of campus support services to individuals affected by bias incidents, and prevention programming and efforts.
Bias Incident Support Services (BISS) is charged with addressing bias incidents targeting UMD students, faculty and staff. The program responds, educates and reports to the campus community about bias, its impact, as well as protocols related to bias. The program is housed under the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.
Bias Incident Support Services is committed to holistically addressing bias incidents that target UMD community members by focusing on incident response and support, proactive training and education initiatives, and data collection and distribution.
Response and Support
BISS staff coordinate and facilitate support and response for those impacted by bias incidents. Please contact us via phone (301-405-0980) or email (BiasSupport@umd.edu) to schedule a visit.
BISS provides training and education focused on preventing and responding to bias incidents, along with expertise and consultation to units across campus on bias-related matters.
Data Collection and Distribution
BISS staff collects and analyzes data related to bias incidents which allows for the evaluation of trends, the assessment of training needs and strategizing of prevention efforts.