Housing and Food Services: Options and Resources for Victims of Bias-related Conduct 13-14

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: University of Washington Statement Rating: Yellow

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Bias-related conduct is behavior that by intent, action and/or outcome harms or threatens to harm a person or group. Such behavior is usually motivated by prejudice toward a person or group because of factors such as race, religion, ethnicity, disability, national origin, age, gender or sexual orientation.

Examples of Bias-related Harassment or Discrimination

  • An individual directs demeaning or derogatory statements to you personally on the basis of your race, religion, ethnicity, disability, national origin, age, gender or sexual orientation.
  • Students confront you using racial epithets and threaten you with physical violence.
  • You receive harassing or threatening calls, mail or other communication based on your religion or nationality.

Some Examples of Bias-related Conduct

  • A form of bias-related conduct is referred to as hate speech. Hate speech can be defined as the use of expressions that are insensitive, demeaning or hostile in nature, but do not rise to the level of harassment. Although such expressions betray the UW’s ideal of a campus community committed to honor and respect, the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution may protect expressions of this nature.
  • Telling jokes that are demeaning to a particular subgroup classification (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, race or religion).
  • Holding a date or “slave” auction.
  • Performing a skit in which participants use blackface or other ethnic group makeup.
  • Posting fliers that contain demeaning language.

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