Housing & Food Services: Diversity and Inclusion

University of Washington

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Give others the respect and tolerance that you desire.

Setting this standard for our residential communities and having high expectations for our residents ensures that students can have a productive, meaningful and personally rewarding experience while living on campus.

Bias-related conduct is behavior that by intent, action and/or outcome may offend, harm or threaten to harm a person or group based on the perception of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, pregnancy, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability or veteran status. Something does not necessarily need to rise to the level of a hate crime (malicious harassment as defined in RCW 9A.36.080) to constitute a bias incident. ... Some incidents of bias-related conduct may be addressed through formal disciplinary action. Others might be subject to protection under the provision of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. All such incidents should be addressed in an educational manner.


If you have experienced a bias-related incident on campus, talking with your RA/CA and/or Community Manager is a great first step to reporting the incident and gaining support. Talking about what happened can be difficult, and it is our hope that you will contact someone who is prepared to assist you. Your willingness to identify and discuss an incident may help you and, at the same time, prevent other students from experiencing similar treatment.