A bias-related incident is any word or action directed toward an individual or group based upon actual or perceived identity characteristics or background of a group or person that is harmful or hurtful. Some bias-related incidents may be contrary to law or policy, while some may be speech protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.
Examples of identity characteristics or background include age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or other bases protected by federal or state law or university policy. A bias incident is an action taken by an individual or group that may involve, but is not limited to, verbal abuse, assault, damage to property, sending threatening mail or e-mail, writing racial slurs or graffiti, stalking, verbal harassment and other bias-motivated behavior that contributes to or enables an unsafe and hostile campus environment.
Bias Incident: Act of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation by unknown perpetrator(s)
that occurs on the Cornell campus or within an area that impacts the
Cornell community, and that one reasonably could conclude targets a
member or group of the Cornell community because of that
individual’s or group’s actual or perceived age, color, creed, disability,
ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status,
national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or
any combination of these factors.
Bias Motivated Incident: When an act does not constitute a crime (see below for a list of crime categories) hate offenses are referred to as bias-motivated incidents. These incidents may include cases of minor harassment, verbal slurs, and be precursors to more serious hate motivated violence.
Bias Incident – any act directed against a person or property that includes the use of slurs or epithets expressing bias on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression.