Northwestern Plans for Student Discrimination Reporting System

EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern University is striving to implement a system that would make reporting incidents of discrimination easier for students. The university intends to form a bias incident reporting team (BIRT) to act as a resource for students who are affected by hate crimes or discrimination.

Currently, Northwestern students can become overwhelmed by the decisions they have to make in order to report an incident of discrimination, says the coordinator of the university’s LGBT Resource Center Doris Dirks. According to North by Northwestern, a streamlined reporting system would give students the support and follow-up they need.  

University faculty hope the system will include a hotline or Web site for initial reporting. The BIRT would then contact the victims and discuss their options, allowing them to make informed decisions about any action they might take.

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