Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Bias Related Conduct 13-14

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: Gettysburg College Statement Rating: Red

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Gettysburg College prohibits the behaviors and conduct described below.

Inappropriate Bias Behaviors

An Inappropriate bias behavior is defined as an act (speech, written or verbal, or conduct) targeted at a person or group creating what the College deems an insensitive or unwelcoming environment on the basis of actual or perceived identity/expression, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or ability status. Inappropriate bias behaviors may consist of name calling, epithets, slurs, or degrading language, directed toward the targeted person or group.  Inappropriate bias behaviors may occur whether the act is intentional or unintentional or is targeted at an individual or group. Acts may qualify as an inappropriate bias behavior even when delivered with humorous intent or presented as a joke or prank.

Examples might include, but are not limited to:

  • Theme parties that denigrate specific groups
  • The intentional exposure of someone’s sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression when the person wants that information to remain unknown
  • Name-calling, stereotyping, avoiding or excluding others based on perceived or actual identity
  • Derogatory jokes, verbal or written comments
  • Racial, religious, or ethnic slurs, verbal or written comments about one’s sexual orientation or ability status

Bias Conduct

Conduct that is threatening, harassing, intimidating, or discriminatory, is a conduct violation. When paired with inappropriate bias behaviors, it is a conduct violation in addition to a bias conduct. Bias conduct may take the form of but are not limited to the following:

  1. Graffiti or degrading images
  • Use of sidewalk chalk, spray paint, markers, or any other utensil used to graffiti.
    • Anti-religious symbols, derogatory drawings, or pictures
    • Exclusion from participation
    • Threats or harassment
    • Acts that create what the College deems an unsafe environment
  1. Hate Speech

             a.        Expression of hatred for some group, especially in circumstances in which the communication is likely to provoke violence.

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