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How to Report an Incident

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville encourages all members of the campus community who believe they are victims of a bias motivated incident or crime, or who have witnessed an incident or crime, to follow the following protocol:

Student–Related Incidents

A student who has experienced or witnessed a bias incident or hate crime should:

  • Call 911 if s/he feels threatened or in immediate danger
  • Contact the Office of Equity and Diversity (865-974-2498) for allegations of discrimination and/or harassment that occur within the classroom.  Complaints may also be directed to the academic dean of the appropriate college.
  • Contact a person of authority with whom s/he can speak honestly and openly, i.e., hall director, professor, etc.  if s/he is not comfortable following the recommended procedures outlined above.

Faculty and Staff–Related Incidents

A faculty or staff member who has experienced or witnessed a bias incident or hate crime should:

  • Call 911 if s/he feels threatened or in immediate danger
  • Initiate a complaint through the Department of Human Resources 865-974-5151; the Office of Equity and Diversity 865-874-2498; or the academic dean of the appropriate college if the threat is not immediate.  The individual may also consult her/his immediate supervisor or another person in authority within the department. Complaints lodged in any of these offices will be referred for further investigation, and as appropriate to the University of Tennessee Police Department.
  • We also encourage you to submit a Bias Incident Reporting Form if the threat is not immediate.

Visitor-Related Incidents

A visitor to the University of Tennessee campus who has experienced or witnessed a bias incident or hate crime should:

  • Call 911 if s/he feels threatened or in immediate danger
  • Initiate a complaint through the University of Tennessee Police Department (UTPD), 974-3114 and/or submit a Bias Incident Reporting Form if the threat is not immediate.

 

Confidentiality

Reasonable efforts will be made to protect the confidentiality of the individuals targeted and to maintain the confidentiality requested by the reporting party. The outcome of any reported incident will take into account the confidentiality of the involved parties.

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