Bias Incident Response Protocol

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: Clemson University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: October 16, 2017

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The Bias Incident Response Protocol outlines an organized response to bias incidents that may occur within the Clemson University community involving students. This protocol is not intended to negate the freedom of expression rights guaranteed to all individuals in the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. There is no intention to use this protocol as a disciplinary procedure or tool.

Bias incident: Any conduct or expression that demeans, degrades or harasses an individual or group based on the actual or perceived age, ancestry, color, race, religion, culture, gender, gender identity expression, sexual orientation, ability (physical, emotional or intellectual), national origin or veteran status of another individual or group of individuals.

For the purposes of this protocol, a “bias-motivated incident” is any of the following:

  • Discrimination — This refers to conduct that denies any individual or group equal privileges or access to a particular activity or opportunity because of the individual’s age, ancestry, color, race, religion, culture, gender, gender identity expression, sexual orientation, ability (physical, emotional or intellectual), national origin or veteran status.
  • Harassment — This is defined as unwelcome conduct based upon race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, age, disability, status as a military veteran or protected activity [e.g. opposition to prohibited discrimination or participation in the statutory complaint process] that unreasonably interferes with the person’s work or educational performance or creates an intimidating or hostile work or educational environment. Examples may include, but are not limited to, epithets, images, slurs, jokes, electronic communication or other verbal, graphic or physical conduct.
  • Acts of Intolerance — This refers to conduct motivated by discriminatory bias or hatred toward other individuals or groups based on perceived or actual characteristics of age, ancestry, color, race, religion, culture, gender, gender identity expression, sexual orientation, ability (physical, emotional or intellectual), national origin, veteran status or other attribute.

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