Create Community – Be the Difference

Marquette is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and respectful community that allows students, faculty and staff to achieve their fullest potential. Marquette's Statement on Human Dignity and Diversity states that "Each member of the Marquette community is charged to treat everyone with care and respect and to value and treasure differences." You can Be the Difference in creating an inclusive and respectful community by taking action against incidents of bias. It is important that we all take responsibility to report incidents that do not support the kind of community that respects the dignity of all individuals.

The list below provides some definitions and reporting resources for students.

Bias Incidents

A bias incident is any discriminatory or hurtful act that appears to be motivated or is perceived by the victim or victims to be motivated by race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, sex, disability, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or socioeconomic status. To be considered a bias incident, the act is not required to be a crime under any federal, state or local statutes. Colleges and universities may handle bias incidents through grievance procedures, such as the student conduct process, or through educational programs to enhance awareness and enable prevention of such acts. Please see Marquette’s Grievance Policy and the Online Student Handbook, At Marquette, for further information.

Hate crimes are bias incidents and are considered to be criminal behavior. Hate crimes must be reported to MUPD. If you are unsure if the bias incident that you wish to report is a hate crime, please contact the MUPD.

Reporting Options

If you have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, there are several ways to submit a report:

  1. You can use the online report form that is available. Once you have completed and submitted the online form, you will be contacted by a member of the Marquette community who serves as a representative of the Bias Report and Support System Team.
  2. You may submit a phone report by calling the Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. William Welburn at (414) 288.8028 during business hours. If you choose to leave a message, your call will be returned at the earliest possible time during the next business day.
  3. An in-person report can be made by scheduling a meeting with Dr. Welburn by emailing

If you or others are in danger or in the case of an emergency, call MUPD at (414) 288.1911 or call 911.

What Happens After I Submit a Report?

Following the submission of a report involving a bias incident, there are members of the campus community who will listen and support you as you provide details of the incident. In addition, you will be provided with information about options and campus resources that can provide additional support and what to expect given the action you wish to take.

Follow-up will also occur to make sure you have received the support and information you need to resolve the incident.

How Will Reports Be Used?

Reports summarizing incidents of bias will be made available to the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Provost. In addition, summary reports indicating the types of bias that have been reported will be made available to members of the university community. These summary reports will also inform choices about future education and prevention programming efforts to address and reduce bias incidents at Marquette. In the event that the reported incident is a violation of university policy or federal, state or local statute, the university mat be required to take specific action to address the incident and its effects.

Bias Report and Support System

The Bias Incident Report and Support System was designed to promote an inclusive community at Marquette by providing a central, streamlined approach for reporting incidents of bias and/or discrimination involving students.

The Bias Report and Support System has three primary goals:


Student Leadership Awards

Student leadership awards

The Division of Student Affairs presents leadership awards annually to recognize student contributions to the mission and activities of the various student affairs areas. Students are nominated by staff from the division and throughout the university and are selected by a committee representing each of the student affairs departments and Campus Ministry. Awards are presented at a program held each year in April. Read more about the student leadership awards.