DEI: Incident Reporting

Multiple mechanisms exist to report incidents relating to DEI. These vary in their degree of formality and confidentiality. Many minor student issues can be addressed to a trusted mentor (e.g., a course or research supervisor), who can provide guidance regarding the most appropriate next step. Members of the MCB DEI Committee can also serve in this role. Please note that most UConn staff are legally mandated reporters of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking, as well as child abuse or neglect. Graduate students can also contact the GO:MCB DEI Officer (currently Khalia Cain: khalia.cain@uconn.edu). For situations where contacting a research supervisor is inappropriate, MCB Graduate Students can contact the Associate Department Head for Graduate Students (Dr. Joerg Graf: joerg.graf@uconn.edu).

Several mechanisms outside of MCB also exist to report incidents:

UConn’s central reporting mechanism for all incidents (both including and extending beyond DEI-related incidents) is known as InForm. This includes a Form Finder tool that guides reporters to more specific reporting mechanisms based on their role at UConn, the role of those being reported, and the type of incident being reported. The InForm site also maintains a list of offices who can provide a reporter with useful support.

The Ombuds Office serves as the main source of confidential and neutral information for UConn students and staff. These include all sorts of concerns, regardless of severity. Leveraging their neutrality and confidentiality, the Ombuds Officer is uniquely suited to mediate conflict resolution and map subsequent reporting strategies as needed.

 The Dean of Students Office offers a reporting mechanism for bias-related incidents. A bias-related incident is defined as: “an incident that negatively targets, intimidates, or threatens an individual or group due to race, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical, mental, and intellectual disabilities, as well as past/present history of mental disorders. This includes, but is not limited to, graffiti or images that harass or intimidate individuals or groups due to the above characteristics.”

 The Office of Institutional Equity offers a reporting mechanism for issues relating to discrimination, harassment, and interpersonal violence.

 Although not a primary reporting pathway, Student Health and Wellness offers confidential counseling services for both undergraduate and graduate students.