San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) is a multicultural institution dedicated to providing educational access and lifelong learning opportunities. As a community, we believe that every person has worth as an individual. Every person is entitled to dignity and respect, regardless of age, class, color, disability, gender, nationality, religion, race, or sexual orientation. Thoughts and acts of prejudice have no place in the San Diego Continuing Education community.
A bias incident is an act that is motivated by prejudice or hate based on a victim’s actual or perceived age, class, color, disability, gender, nationality, religion, race, or sexual orientation. Using a racial slur or name calling are examples of bias incidents. Bias incidents are not always crimes, but could include violations of SDCE Policy or Student Codes of Conduct.
A hate crime is any violation of criminal law motivated by prejudice or hate based on a victim’s actual or perceived age, class, color, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
Bias Incident Response Team
The Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) is committed to supporting and assisting the President’s Office and College Police with a response to a bias incident or hate crime committed within the SDCE community. Members of BIRT have received specialized training to help with the prevention of bias incidents and hate crimes. When an incident happens, the team is also prepared to accept and review responses about incidents and provide support to victims.
BIRT is responsible for:
- Supporting individual victims, identity groups and anyone on campus affected by a bias incident or hate crime by identifying and recommending community resources.
- Educating the campus community on how to prevent bias incidents and hate crimes and on the procedures for reporting such incidents.
- Assisting with the collection and timely distribution of information related to bias incidents and hate crimes that occur on campus.
- Advising the SDCE President and campus police chief about appropriate and effective post-incident responses to bias incidents and hate crimes.
- Advocating for bias incident and hate crime prevention by assisting ASB (Associated Student Body), the Diversity Committee, and other campus groups with recommendations for educational programs.
- Continuously monitoring the campus climate related to bias incidents and hate crimes, and reporting potential threats.