Student Affairs: Protected Identity Harm Reporting
Is a Protected Identity Harm incident illegal or against policy?
This is a complicated answer, but it depends on the nature and severity of the incident and this will vary from case to case. Some bias incidents, including hate crimes and unlawful discrimination or harassment are prohibited under law and/or University policy. While the University does not condone PIH incidents, some speech is protected unless it rises to the level of unlawful conduct. Not all PIH incidents are a crime or violate University policy, but they may contribute to creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for the individuals and groups affected. You are encouraged to report all PIH incidents, discrimination and harassment so that the University can take appropriate action to help improve the campus climate. The course of action taken by the PIH Reporting process is centered on healing and restoration. A matter involving conduct that rises to the level of a hate crime or unlawful discrimination or harassment may be referred to the Stanford University Department of Public Safety, Diversity and Access Office, or Title IX Office.
How do I know the difference between a hate crime and a Protected Identity Harm incident?
Generally a hate crime is considered more severe. A PIH incident is conduct that adversely and unfairly targets an individual or group on the basis of one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics: race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.