A Bias Incident involve actions committed against a person or property that are motivated, in whole or in part, by a bias against race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity, age, or disability.
Skidmore defines a bias incident as an act of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation involving a member of the Skidmore community that a reasonable person would conclude is directed at a member or group within the Skidmore community based on race, color, ethnicity, nationality, economic background, age, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, or religious practice. A bias incident can occur whether the act is intentional or unintentional. Speech or expression that is consistent with the principles of academic freedom does not constitute a bias incident.
Any discriminatory act is a violation of the Housing & Residence Life
Student Code of Conduct, including, but not limited to racism, ageism,
sexism, and/or homophobia.
Bias-related incidents are expressions of hostility against another individual (or group)
because of the other person’s (or group’s) race,
color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender or sexual orientation, or because the
perpetrator perceives that the other person (or group) has one or more of these characteristics.
Depending on the circumstances, a bias-related incident may not be a crime, and may be protected speech. The conduct underlying some bias-
related incidents may violate the College’s policies, including provisions of the Student Code
and the Harassment and Discrimination Policy.
In addition to preventing and prosecuting hate/bias crimes, State University of New York at Fredonia Police also assist in addressing bias-related activities that do not rise to the level of a crime. These activities, referred to as bias incidents and defined by the
University as acts of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation directed at a member or group within the Fredonia community based on national origin, ethnicity, race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, color, creed, or marital status, may be addressed through the State University’s Discrimination Complaint Procedure or the campus conduct code. Bias incidents can be reported to University Police as well as to the Office of Student Affairs.
Connecticut College does not tolerate discriminatory hostility against someone, or against a group, on the basis of race; color; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity, expression and characteristics; age; religion; national or ethnic origin; visible or invisible disability; or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. Discrimination may take the form of repeated offensive behavior with hostile, abusive intent or discriminatory behavior that creates an intimidating and offensive work, study or social environment.
A “bias incident” is an action intended to harm, intimidate, or threaten another person or group and which, in any way, constitutes an expression of hostility based on race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, expression and characteristics, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin. This includes, but is not limited to threats, physical assaults, vandalism, destruction of religious symbols, and graffiti that harasses or threatens people based on these characteristics. Please refer to the Campus Life Policies section (page 67) for the Bias Incident Protocol .