Office of Diversity and Equity: Bias Incident Response Procedure

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Bias Incident – an act of discrimination[i], hate speech[ii], harassment[iii], or retaliation[iv] by known or unknown offenders that occurs on the CCSU campus or property, and that one could reasonably conclude is directed at a member or group of the Central Connecticut State University community because of that individual’s or group’s actual or perceived age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, ex-offender status, gender, gender identity/presentation, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any combination of these or other related factors.

[ii] Hate speech or fighting words are those personally abusive epithets which, when addressed to the ordinary citizen, are, as a matter of common knowledge, inherently likely to provoke a violent reaction. They are words that are directed to the person of the hearer, and which by their very utterance tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace. (See Opinion of the Office of the Attorney General of Connecticut directed to David G. Carter, Sr. Chancellor, Connecticut State University System and dated November 1, 2007.)

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