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The role of BART is to serve as an initial, central point of contact, in the event that you experience a bias incident and need assistance. BART, in and of itself, is a non-sanctioning and non-punitive body whose mission and directive is to create educational interventions and institutional responses that help persons and communities heal after an incident of bias.
BART is connected to many Student Life and university-wide offices and resources, including Student Advocacy, Counseling and Consultation Service, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Human Resources and OSU Police Department.
If for any reason, a bias incident would need follow up, one of these offices or resources would be notified as deemed appropriate by the BART Team. Each report that is filed has a different set of circumstances. As a result, the departments and university resources that may be involved in a resolution will vary case by case.
In addition to the BART reporting mechanism on this website, several campus and community resources are provided below for your reference.
Student Life Resources
- Counseling and Consultation Service
Counselors provide crisis phone and in-person consultations to students and can recommend a course of action. Counselors also provide brief or long-term therapy if necessary.
- Multicultural Center
Intercultural Specialists meet with students individually and in groups, to listen, facilitate group forums, advocate on behalf of students, present workshops and trainings and coordinate collaborative responses to issues and intercultural incidents on campus. The MCC also offers a variety of programs to promote social justice, such as awareness events, lecture, art and film discussions, student leadership cohort groups, and diversity dialogues.
- Disability Services
(614) 292-3307 (phone)/TDD: (614) 292-0901
Disability Counselors collaborate with students on disability-related issues like academic accommodations, learning strategies, advocacy skills, transition issues, and career planning. Counselors also help students connect with other appropriate services on campus as needed.
- Ohio Union and Student Activities
Student Activities staff members provide resources and support for members and advisors of student organizations, as well as fraternities and sororities, in exploring and addressing bias-related incidents.
- Student Advocacy
Student Advocates answer students’ questions, direct students to appropriate staff and departments, familiarize students with university policies and procedures, and guide students in the decision-making process.
- Student Conduct
Student Conduct administers the non-academic Student Code of Conduct. They help students by investigating and responding to situations in which someone may have violated the Code of Student Conduct, including bias incidents.
- Residence Life
Hall Directors are trained to listen to students’ experiences, advise them of their options, and help initiate the appropriate or requested steps.
Other OSU Resources
- Council of Graduate Students Diversity Committee
- Diversity at Ohio State
- Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
- Office of Diversity and Inclusion
- Office of International Affairs
- Office of Veteran's Affairs
- Ohio State ADA Coordinator
- The Graduate School
- The Women's Place
- Undergraduate Student Government Diversity Committee
- University Diversity Council
- Columbus Community Relations Commission
In accordance with Columbus City Code 139, the CRC was created and established to recommend ways and means of initiating and improving city government programs designed to eliminate discrimination or to remove the effects of past discrimination. The CRC is also authorized to investigate, mediate, conciliate and conduct hearings on complaints alleging discrimination and to work with the City Attorney to prosecute cases where discrimination has occurred against individuals in employment, housing and public accommodation because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex or sexual orientation, age, disability, pregnancy, familial status, and gender identity or expression or that interfere with their civil rights.
- Ohio Civil Rights Commission
The primary function of The Ohio Civil Rights Commission is to enforce state laws against discrimination. OCRC receives and investigates charges of discrimination in employment, public accommodations, housing, credit and higher education on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, ancestry or familial status.
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
“The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.”—EEOC Overview
Learn More about How to Get Involved
The Ohio State University has a historical commitment to diversity. The following link directs you to resources that help you get involved with these diversity initiatives:
Some questions that you may want to ask yourself, as you review this site, are:
- Do I want to be involved in direct action when confronting bias?
If yes, then you may want to consider looking for skills-based workshops on confronting bias or other inequitable social dynamics.
- Do I want to find more activities and events from different cultures to attend?
If so, then you might want to want to check out the Multicultural Center’s events calendar, or the larger events calendar of the university, for activities and events that highlight different cultures.
- Do I want to create and develop diversity celebrations and educational events?
If yes, then it is important to take a look through this website, at some of the offices that are doing various forms of diversity work and engagement, to see what opportunities there are to get involved—including employment opportunities.
Thinking about these questions will help you get a feel for what initiatives on this website best meet and address your needs and interests, as you continue to explore and learn more about diversity at The Ohio State University.