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DePaul’s Commitment to a​n Inclusive Environment

DePaul respects the inherent dignity of every member of our community; this is both our culture and our mission.

St. Vincent de Paul, for whom DePaul University is named, and from whom DePaul derives its sense of community and values, believed in "the God-given dignity of each human person." We believe that we must understand, respect, and embrace our differences. Everyone is equally important and brings different strengths to our vibrant community.


DePaul created a bias reporting system to centralize complaints, track and review biased related incidents, and act as a resource to existing University units.  The Bias Response Team includes a variety of units, including Student Affairs, Public Safety, Compliance and Risk Management, and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity.  Harassment or discrimination by any person because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law is a violation of University policy.  DePaul accepts reports from all members of its community. 


To report an incident of bias or to file a complaint of discrimination or harassment you can complete the form here:

Call the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity at (312) 362-6872 to speak to a person.

If the complaint is criminal in nature, please notify the Office of Public Safety immediately at (312) 362-8400 (Loop Campus) or (773) 325-7777 (Lincoln Park Campus).

An incident of bias or discrimination can also be reported to the hotline at 877.236.8390 or

Once a report is received the Bias Response Team meets to review the report and create a course of action.  The reporting party is referred to appropriate resources or programs.

Related Policies

There are several policies at DePaul University that discuss bias and prohibit discrimination.   These policies are listed here. 

Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy​ 
Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention and Response Policy
DePaul's Guiding Principles on Speech and Expression
Code of Student Responsibility 
Faculty Handbook
Non-Retaliation Policy 
Reporting Misconduct 

Bias Response Team

Emily Opalski
Director, Office of Institutional Compliance

Elizabeth Ortiz
Vice President, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity

Barbara Schaffer
Associate Vice President, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity

Karen Tamburro
Title IX Coordinator, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity

Rico Tyler
Associate Vice President, Student Affairs

Bob Wachowski
Director of Public Safety

Affirming our Human Dignity as part of DePaul’s mission

Ways we can affirm culture on Campus

  • Exploring cultural difference
  • Approaching diversity and difference with an open mind and open heart
  • Expressing different perspectives and views with respect to self and others

Ways you can support a culturally affirming climate

  • Explore and embrace your personal cultural identities
  • Explore cultural difference by attending events, lectures, and classes related to cultural diversity
  • Examine your attitudes and beliefs about diversity and cultural difference
  • Develop relationships with others from different cultural backgrounds
  • Hold yourself and other accountable for expressions that diminish cultural values and dignity ​​