Campus and Community Index: Frequently Asked Questions

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: Bowdoin College Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: September 18, 2017

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What kinds of incidents should be reported?

Reports may fall under, but are not limited to, the following general categories:

  • Graffiti/Vandalism on any College property or in local areas that communicate offensive, hurtful, inappropriate or unwelcoming messages that represent bias;
  • Bias-related threats that target an individual or community based on race, color, ethnicity, social class, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability;
  • Unequal service or treatment toward an individual or communities based on race, color, ethnicity, social class, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability;
  • It may also include actions indended to reinforce stereotypes and stigmas such as those associated with race, color, ethnicity, social class, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, veteran status, and physical and mental health, amoth others.
  • Observation in which a person observes one of the incidents described above or interprets it as harmful to the Bowdoin community.

         Note: Speech and related actions in the service of academic freedom and intellectual discourse do not constitute bias incidents.

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