I’ve written before about the array of upsetting things that college students have demanded trigger warnings for (fatphobia, nude models in a life drawing class, etc.), as well as the kinds of activities that now get somewhat arbitrarily punished as “acts of bias.” Well, come take a look at another incredible document illustrating what supposedly discriminatory behaviors today’s students think worthy of redress or punishment.

In its annual report, the University of Oregon’s Bias Response Team has published a list of 2014-2015 “case report summaries.” These appear to refer to all the times students (and some faculty and staff) sought formal help from administrators when they believed they or their peers were victims of “bias.”

In some cases, it’s hard to understand what the actual offense was, why the person reporting said offense attributed it to “bias,” or why it would be appropriate to get administrators involved rather than resolve the issue through some other means. In other cases, the person reporting the incident takes the shotgun method of bias reporting and cites seemingly every possible demographic category as the targeted victims of “bias.”

A sample of the Bias Response Team’s case reports, and responses:

A staff member reported that a poster featured a triggering image.
Bias Type: Body Size
Location: Housing
Response: Reported for information only. A BRT Advocate offered support to the reporter.

An anonymous student reported that an official online form asked for demographic information in a way that excluded certain identity groups.
Bias Type: Gender Identity/Expression, Ethnicity, Race
Location: Administrative Building
Response: A BRT Case Manager met with administrators of the form to provide resources on inclusive surveying techniques. The administrators used these techniques on a survey they sent out the very next week.

An anonymous student reported that a newspaper gave less press coverage to trans students and students of color.
Bias Type: Ethnicity, Race, Political Affiliation
Location: Online
Response: A BRT Case Manager held an educational conversation with the newspaper reporter and editor.

An international student reported they were not admitted to an academic program.
Bias Type: Nationality
Location: Academic Building
Response: A BRT Advocate met with the reporter, and a BRT Case Manager held an informational conversation with the department.

A non-traditional student reported that a professor exclaimed that they were too old to answer a question about current events.
Bias Type: Age
Location: Classroom
Response: A BRT Advocate met with the reporter, and a BRT Case Manager held an educational conversation with the professor.

An international student reported that an instructor asked them for a different name that was easier to pronounce.
Bias Type: Ethnicity, Nationality
Location: Sports Facility
Response: A BRT Advocate met with the reporter, and a BRT Case Manager held a professional development conversation with the instructor.

An anonymous individual reported that the signage for a gender inclusive restroom was hidden and unclear.
Bias Type: Gender Identity/Expression
Location: Administrative Building
Response: A BRT Advocate spoke to the building manager; signage was updated.

A student reported that another resident purposefully avoided them in a biased manner.
Bias Type: Ethnicity, Race
Location: Housing
Response: A BRT Advocate met with the reporter, and a BRT Case Manager referred to Housing Staff to communicate community standards and expectations.

An anonymous individual reported that a campus department treats students unjustly.
Bias Type: Political Affiliation
Location: Administrative Building
Response: A BRT Case Manager held a conversation with the campus department.

An international student reported that another student laughed at her English comprehension skills.
Bias Type: Nationality
Location: Academic Building
Response: Report for information only. A BRT Advocate met with the reporter.

Two students reported to police that someone in a passing car threw a beverage on them.
Bias Type: Gender, Religion
Location: Campus Grounds
Response: A BRT Advocate reached out to the reporters. The police investigated the incident.

An anonymous student reported that she felt excluded from a group project and accused of wrong-doing by other group members.
Bias Type: Ethnicity, Race, Nationality
Location: Classroom
Response: Reported for information only.

A student reported that a tutor consistently ignores him.
Bias Type: Age, Ethnicity, Gender, Race
Location: Academic Building
Response: A BRT Advocate met with the reporter, and a BRT Case Manager held an informative conversation with the supervisor of the tutoring center.

A student staff member reported post-its with sexually explicit drawings and sexual phrases targeting residents.
Bias Type: Size, Sexual/Romantic Orientation
Location: Housing
Response: A BRT Advocate reached out to the reporter, and the student staff held a meeting about community standards and expectations.

A group of graduate students reported experiences of exclusion and a lack of cultural competency in their department.
Bias Type: Ability, Immigration Status, Gender Identity/Expression, Age, Ethnicity, Gender, Race, Political Affiliation, Nationality, Social Class
Location: Academic Building
Response: A BRT Advocate met with the reporters, and a BRT Case Manager facilitated a conversation between 12 students and 14 faculty/staff members.

An anonymous instructor reported that students avoided them out of fear that they had a contagious disease from their country of origin.
Bias Type: Ethnicity, Nationality
Location: Classroom
Response: Reported for information only.

A student reported that a sign encouraging cleaning up after oneself was sexist.
Bias Type:Gender
Location: Housing
Response: A BRT Advocate met with the reporter and empowered them to contact Housing staff. A BRT Case Manager followed up to ensure that the sign was removed, and the program staff had an educational conversation about the issue.

A student reported that a professor wrote an insulting comment on their online blog.
Bias Type: Religion
Location: Online
Response: A BRT Advocate met with the reporter, and a BRT Case Manager held a professional development conversation with the professor.

An international student reported that an instructor scrutinized them more than other students when proctoring an exam.
Bias Type: Race, Nationality
Location: Classroom
Response: A BRT Advocate met with the reporter, and a BRT Case Manager contacted the appropriate supervisor, who had a professional development conversation with the instructor.

No doubt this one is my favorite though:

An anonymous student reported feeling unsafe due to other students expressing anger about oppression.
Bias Type: Gender Identity/Expression
Location: Housing
Response: A BRT Case Manager referred to Housing Staff to communicate community standards and expectations to the entire hall.