Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination: Understanding Hate and Bias 13-14

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: University of California, San Diego Statement Rating: Yellow

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Bias incidents are acts of conduct, speech, or expression that target individuals and groups based on race, religion, ethnic/national origin, gender, gender identity, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

Examples of bias incidents include: * A public speaker who makes homophobic comments about members of the LGBT community * Anti-Semitic flyers distributed on campus * Sexist or racist jokes told in public * Verbal insults directed toward a person of color * Defaming e-mails sent to a student cultural organization

Because UCSD protects the free expression of ideas, not all bias incidents will violate University policy. The protection of freedom of expression, including controversial speech, and sometimes even offensive or hurtful words, is vital to a community of teachers and learners. Nevertheless, personal threats or other acts of misconduct violate university policies and those policies will be vigorously enforced.

You should report bias incidents so the University can determine if policies have been violated and support persons who feel victimized.

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