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How to Report a Bias Incident

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The Department of English values diversity and aims to maintain a welcoming environment. If you feel you have experienced bias or have a concern about how to better promote inclusion, please contact the Chair or Diversity Officer.  

You can also report through the Office of Institutional Equity's website. On the left-hand side of their homepage are links to:

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The Chair and Diversity Officer hear and respond to questions or complaints about discrimination and harassment based on race, class, gender, ethnicity, national origin, ability, sexual orientation, gender expression, religious belief, or veteran status. You can share student-teacher concerns, conflicts with a colleague, or diversity matters that impact the department.  

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The Chair and Diversity Chair can assist you in answering questions, connecting you with resources in the department and across campus, or serving as a third-party in mediating potential conflicts. Your discussions with the Chair or Vice Chair remain confidential whenever possible. 

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Call 911 immediately. You may later notify the Chair or Vice Chair of your concerns and response. 

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For more information about the University’s policies and how complaints are handled by the Office of Human Resources, see the following:  

Non-Discrimination Policies [pdf] 

Sexual Harassment Frequently Asked Questions [pdf]

Scott Burlingame (.18), ASC Employee and Labor Relations Senior Representative, 614-247-7163 

The Office of University Compliance and Integrity 

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For issues involving undergraduate students, go to the Director of Undergraduate Studies Karen Winstead (.2)  

For issues involving graduate students, go to the Director of Grad Studies Aman Garcha (.2) 

For issues involving discrimination, harassment or hostile workplace issues, go to the Diversity Officer Ryan Friedman (.193)

For issues involving faculty members, go to the Chair Robyn Warhol (.1)

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Accommodations

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The ADA Coordinator's office offers a number of resources for staff and faculty. (For resources for students, please see SLDS.) This resource website has information on: requesting sign language interpretation and transcription; requesting workplace accommodations; accessible parking; paratransit; and assistance animals, as well as other resources and links to other, related OSU departments.

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Disability Services (SLDS) provides accommodations for all students. Their website includes, among other things:

  • Information on how to register, if you've never registered with Disability Services before
  • Resources for students who are already registered, including information on virtual learning
  • Resources for instructors who need to implement accommodations or have other questions. This includes the recommended syllabus statement from Disability Services.
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The Multicultural Center has a number of initiatives to support LGBTQIAP students and populations. They also have several PDF resources linked in the "Documents" section on the right-hand side of their initiatives webpage, including, but not limited to:

  • Surveys of bathrooms in academic and non-academic buildings
  • Information on how to declare a gender designation change
  • Information on legally changing your name at Ohio State, and in the state of Ohio
  • Ohio State's preferred name policy
  • An overview of LGBTQ-friendly housing options on campus
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Ohio State offers a number of lactation rooms on campus. Human Resources offers a list of rooms on the Columbus campus, at the Wexner Medical Center, and on regional campuses. The list includes information on how to access each space.

Additionally, the English department has dedicated room 522 as a department nursing mother/lactation room.  The room ("+ASC 522 Denney Hall") can be reserved via Outlook or by contacting the Department of English front desk staff.  For access to reserve the space on your own, please notify Wayne Lovely (.9).  Please see the front desk staff for the room key. The room has been equipped to meet basic needs and some others.