Community Concerns Reporting

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The reporting system known as the Bias Reporting System (BRS) has been updated to the Community Concerns Reporting System (CCRS). Though the name is changing, its purpose is not. It remains a reporting system entirely for students to report perceived mistreatment stemming from one's ethnic identity, gender identity/expression, skin color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

The goal of the CCRS (previously known as the BRS) at CWRU is to help educate and promote an inclusive community by supporting students through a clear and more streamlined process for reporting incidents perceived as mistreatment, cultural/ethnic insensitivity and bias. The new name change and streamlined process has been developed by an ad-hoc committee comprised from representatives from Undergraduate Student Government, the Graduate Student Council, the Faculty Senate and the University Office of Student Affairs. We hope that by simplifying the reporting system, it will make it easier for students to share any perceived incidents of mistreatment.

CWRU students are encouraged to report incidents of perceived mistreatment, cultural/ethnic insensitivity, or bias (hurtful behavior/action) directed toward an individual or group via the CCRS. We take reports filed on the CCRS very seriously. Please be thorough so we can most effectively respond to your concerns.


Complainants have the right to request confidentiality of a complaint of perceived mistreatment. The responsibility of the CCRS is to weigh requests for confidentiality against the need to investigate and protect the university community. The CCRS will attempt to keep complaints private to the extent possible and consistent with legal requirements and/or the university's requirement to investigate allegations and take appropriate action.

In order to protect the integrity of the inquiry, investigation, and resolution through the use of this process, all parties and witnesses are expected to maintain the confidentiality of the process. However, confidentiality is not required if disclosure is required by law, or if disclosure is necessary to report a crime or violation of law or to engage in concerted activity regarding terms or conditions of employment, or in relation to the right of a student respondent or complainant to re-disclose the outcome of the process under FERPA and/or Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) laws.