When a report of perceived bias is received by the University, it is typically reviewed within three business days. During this review, the reporter, if identified, may be contacted for more information.
Once a review has occurred, one of three responses is initiated:
Information Only; No Action Necessary
If the report is only meant to provide information to the University, and UMKC does not have an obligation to take action, the incident as reported is tracked for the purposes of identifying patterns of concern and making recommendations to the Chancellor and his leadership team.
For a visual representation of this process, visit Path of Report: Information Only (link).
Request Action; Requires Action
If the reporter requests action or an informational report requires UMKC to take action, the targeted individual or group will be invited to participate in an introductory meeting to discuss options for filing a formal complaint under all applicable University policies. There is no obligation to participate in this meeting or to file a complaint.
Under limited circumstances, in situations where the University is required to take action, a formal complaint may be filed on behalf of the targeted individual or group by UMKC. The targeted individual or group has no obligation to participate in the investigation or resolution of such a complaint. For more information on the complaint resolution process, visit Policies & Resources (link).
Individuals who may have experienced bias that is also considered protected identity discrimination or harassment may request supportive measures to include academic accommodations, on-campus housing modifications, etc. For more information on options, visit Support (link). The targeted individual or group will also be offered the option of meeting with BEST Roo Responders (link) for support, resource referrals, and guidance on self-advocacy and action.
If a formal complaint is filed, the individual or group identified as having expressed the perceived bias will be contacted by the University to provide notice of the complaint and indicate next steps.
For a visual representation of this process, visit Path of Report: Request Action (link).
Request Action; No Formal Action Available
If the reporter requests action but the University is limited in its formal response due to one or more of the below reason(s), Dr. Sybil Wyatt, BEST Coordinator, will reach out to the targeted individual or group to provide notice of these limitations and answer any questions.
If any of the following are true, there may be no formal action available to address the conduct:
- The conduct as alleged does not meet the standard for protected identity discrimination or harassment under University policy
- The basis for the bias as perceived is not regarded as a protected identity, even if the conduct would be considered discrimination or harassment
- The conduct as alleged does not indicate a violation of any other University policy
- The conduct is protected free expression under the First Amendment
The targeted individual or group will also be invited to meet with BEST Roo Responders (link) for support, resource referrals, and guidance on self-advocacy and action.
The individual or group identified as having expressed the perceived bias will be contacted by Dr. Wyatt as well for purposes of providing notice of the report, sharing educational resources on inclusive expression, and to offer an opportunity to discuss the reported expression in more detail.
For a visual representation of this process, visit Path of Report: No Formal Action Available (link).