Some examples of bias incidents include:
• Telling jokes
• Offensive graffiti
• Avoiding or excluding others
Bias-related incidents are defined as behavior which constitutes an expression of hostility against the person or property of another because of the targeted person’s age, creed, disability, ethnic or national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, political or social affiliation, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Even when offenders are not aware of bias or intend to offend, bias may be revealed which is worthy of a response and can serve as an opportunity for education.
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.
If you believe you may have been the target of, or witness to a bias incident at Dartmouth, please report it as soon as possible or call Safety & Security at 603-646-4000.