Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Freedom of Expression- Anti-Discrimination, Harassment, and Bias Conduct Policy

Gettysburg College

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Bias conduct is any act, expression, or speech that:

  1. targets individuals or groups based on their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital/familial status, possession of a General Education Development Certificate (GED) as compared to a high school diploma, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, age, or genetic information
  2. AND is derogatory in nature, including (but are not limited to) pejorative terms, the use of epithets or slurs, vandalism, degrading images, or mocking through costumes.

The College takes all reports of bias conduct seriously and members of the community are encouraged to report incidents or concerns in order to determine if the conduct is a violation of the bias conduct policy. Where appropriate, the College will take measures to educate community members about bias related conduct that does not rise to the level of a policy violation.