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Bias Incidents, Hate Crimes, & Discrimination

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Bias Incident — defined as acts that do not appear to constitute a crime or actionable discrimination, but which may intimidate, mock, degrade, or threaten, individuals or groups and which one could reasonably conclude targets a member or group within the University community because of that individual or group’s actual or perceived age, ancestry or ethnicity, color, creed, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, immigration or citizenship status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, religious practice or sexual orientation.


Students, faculty, and staff who are the subject of or who witness a Bias Incident may report such incidents to the director of institutional equity and inclusion for Equity & Community. They will assist individuals making reports in identifying appropriate University resources for support and guidance, and will notify the members of the Bias Resource Team of such reports.


It is important to report all bias incidents, no matter how minor they may seem. If you have questions about whether to report or what is likely to occur if you do, please contact the director of institutional equity and inclusion Glyn Hughes at

  • Bias Incident Reports are reviewed promptly and, unless they are submitted anonymously, are also acknowledged promptly. Acknowledgments typically cover the following topics:
    • support needs of those affected
    • additional information about the incident
    • next steps and possible actions
  • Bias Incident Reports may be referred to and/or shared with offices or individuals responsible for investigating these incidents.