Otterbein University Bias Response Information

Otterbein University is a campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. Moreover, we value the safety and well-being of our students and all members of our community, and we work tirelessly to ensure the best experience on our campus for all.

Confronting Bias

Across all college campuses, there are occasions where students and others may be affected by acts of hatred or bias. An incident of bias is one that adversely and unfairly targets an individual or group based on one or more actual or perceived characteristics: race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity/expression, age, disability, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by our laws and values.

To help foster an inclusive campus environment, we must all work to address and eradicate acts of hatred and bias. Bias incidents can occur in any campus environment – in the classroom, during social or recreational activities, in residence halls, and even during casual conversation. Even when offenders are unaware of their bias or do not intend to offend, biased behavior or remarks require a response.

What can you do?

Otterbein University encourages students, faculty and staff  to seek support and report any incidents of bias. However, each person must consider if and when they want to report. The Bias Response Report is the university’s process to address incidents where a community member(s) experiences harm because of their identity. To report an incident of bias, you may complete our reporting form. Please understand this form is optional. Further, completing the form does not require revealing your identity if you wish to remain anonymous. However, if you would like a follow-up to your report of bias, there is a section to enter your contact information.

Should you report bias incidents?

If you are unsure about whether to report an act of hatred or bias?

  • Talk things over with someone you trust.
  • If you want support but are not sure you want to report, you can speak confidentially with a counselor by contacting
    the Otterbein Counseling Center: 614-823-1333 or
  • You may also contact the Director of the Office of Social Justice and Activism or the Chief Diversity Officer.
  • If you aren’t interested in reporting an incident, it is still helpful to save any associated materials (such as text messages, voice mails, etc.) or document the material with a picture. This material is valuable information if you decide to report it in the future.