Incident Reporting

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What is a bias incident?

A bias incident can be behavior taken by an individual or group based on negative or hostile prejudgements (implicit or explicit) that may involve but is not limited to, assault, bullying, coercion, damage to property, sending of threatening mail or e-mail, graffiti, stalking, verbal harassment and other bias-motivated behavior that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that an individual is effectively denied equal access to institutional benefits and opportunities.

Bias may be directed toward individuals based on, but not limited to, their age, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or other social identities.  All of these acts are antithetical to the University’s and the School of Education's values of inclusion, diversity, equity, and social justice. While such acts may be focused on one individual or group, these acts negatively impact our entire community.

Reporting form

The Dean of the School of Education is committed to ensuring a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, faculty and staff in the School of Education. If you have any concerns regarding bias or prejudice to include racist, sexist, homophobic behavior, discriminatory comments; or inequitable treatment in the education environment, please report them using the form below:

  • VCU Helpline and Reporting
    (For asking a question regarding ethics, compliance, or company policy; for reporting an incident regarding issues such as harassment, theft, and substance abuse; or for checking the status of a question or report)

For students: You may also contact Dr. Tomika Ferguson, the School of Education's Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence, at For other complaints, contact the VCU Dean of Students Office.

For faculty and staff: You may also contact Terri Dickerson, the School of Education's Director of Human Resources, at or William E. King, the VCU Ombudsperson, for confidential, informal dispute resolution at

We will work to ensure the privacy of all parties while seeking to gather information to address your concerns.

What happens after an incident is reported?