What is the difference between a bias incident and a hate crime?
- Bias Incident – Bias incidents are acts of conduct, speech, or expression that target individuals and groups based on race, religion, ethnic/national origin, gender, gender identity/expression, age, ability, or sexual orientation. Bias-related incidents, while abhorrent and intolerable, do not meet the necessary elements required to prove a crime. However, bias-related incidents do require the active participation of a community committed to fundamental human dignity and equality to successfully address.
- Hate Crime – Hate crimes are also motivated by bias, but they include a definable crime, such as: threats of violence, property damage, personal injury, and other illegal conduct. A hate crime is an infraction of the law and will be addressed accordingly.
When should I report bias?
You can report a bias incident at any time.
How do I report bias?
You can use this form or contact any of the following offices:
- Dean of the College
- Campus Safety and Security
- Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Diversity
- Davis Center
- Health Center
What does a bias incident look like?
Some examples of bias incidents include:
- Telling jokes based on a stereotype
- Offensive graffiti or images/drawing
- Avoiding or excluding others
- Posting or commenting on social media related to someone’s identity in a bias matter
- Calling someone the r-word, n-word, f-word… (in person, in writing, on social media, white boards, etc.)
- Using the phrase ‘no homo’
- Calling a person or a behavior ‘gay’ as an insult
- Making jokes or using stereotypes when talking about someone
- Saying that all ______ [people of a certain group or identity] are _____ [stereotyping]
- Using a racial, ethnic, or other slur to identify someone
- Making a joke about someone being deaf or hard of hearing, or blind, etc.
- Imitating someone with any kind of disability, or imitating someone’s cultural norm or practice
- Making comments on social media about someone’s disability, ethnicity, race, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliations/beliefs
- Writing on a white board about someone’s disability, ethnicity, national origin, race, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliations/beliefs
- Displaying a sign that is color-coded pink for girls and blue for boys
- Telling someone that they have to wear pants because they are male and a skirt because they are female [or other specific limitations and expectations]
- Drawing faith symbols on someone’s door not from the same belief, or drawing or writing over someone’s faith symbols
- Taking down someone else’s holiday decoration because you do not believe in that faith
- Drawing or creating pictures that imitate, stereotype, or belittle/ridicule someone because of their gender, gender expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, faith, or political affiliation