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Incident Reporting

Informal Incident Report

Please read through this information before submitting an incident report

While UC Merced prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive community, there are times when incidents happen that hurt and/or endanger the members of our community. 

If you have experienced any form of harassment, hate crime(s), micro/macroaggression(s), alienation, and/or bias based violence, you may submit an informal incident report to the BIRST team. This report can be anonymous in order to protect those who do not wish to be identified.

Reporting options:

  • If you have witnessed or experienced a bias related incident within the University of Merced community, you may use the form linked below to make an informal report.  You can do so anonymously or with your name.  
    • Any act of intolerance, motivated wholly or in part by bias or prejudice against an individual’s race, color, ethnicity, age, religion, size, disability, national origin, language, gender, veteran status, identity expression, sexual orientation or age—regardless of severity—can be reported using this form.
    • Instead of removing something that you find offensive, you can also take a photo of the thing you want to report and attach it to the form.
  • If you would prefer to submit a paper copy of the report, you may pick up a copy from the Office of Campus Climate (KL 107) or e-mail De Acker to request a copy.
    • Paper copies can be submitted to De Acker in the Office of Campus Climate, or any member of the BIRST team.  


All reports will be confidential to the extent permitted by local, state, and federal laws and University policies. The Office of Campus Climate utilizes the bias incident reports submitted through this website to assess campus climate and to better understand how to educate the University campus about bias incidents.

BIRST Team members may not be able to mitigate the specific incident, but your report will help to inform team members about education, policies, or procedures that need be examined on the campus. The submissions are read by the BIRST members and may be referred to other university officials if action can be taken or is mandated by policy, law, or for informational purposes.

  • If a bias incident report alleges criminal or illegal conduct, including illegal discrimination or harassment, the Office of Campus Climate is required by law to forward that report to the University Police and/or to Title IX/EEO/AA for follow-up.
  • Other reports may be referred if action can be taken, or is mandated by policy or law or for informational purposes. If you believe you have been the victim of criminal or illegal conduct, we strongly recommend that you contact the police and/or Title IX/EEO/AA directly as indicated above.


Any incident that is believed to violate University policy or that may constitute a crime should be reported to the appropriate University official.  Informal conflict resolution services are available to assist in addressing concerns arising out of bias incidents. 


Click here to submit an incident report