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University of Iowa drops plans for bias response team

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   IOWA CITY -- The University of Iowa has dropped plans to create a bias assessment and response team.
   In January university chief diversity officer Georgina Dodge proposed a team to address complaints of racial or other bias on campus concerning incidents that "skirt the line between a policy violation or even a crime."
   But Dodge recently told the Iowa City Press-Citizen (http://icp-c.com/2bCopbe ) the plans raised concerns about the possible impact on academic freedom. She says that over the past eight months, bias response teams at other institutions have become more punitive in their focus and have overreached their authority.
   She says the university goal remains: ensuring there's a "safe place in which anyone who is subjected to biased treatment can go to find resources and to get help in coping."

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