Ram Student Handbook: Bias Incident Protocol

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A hate or bias incident occurs when behaviors (verbal or non-verbal) by an individual or group are perceived to be malicious (hate) or discriminatory (bias) toward another individual or group based on actual or perceived characteristics such as race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, parental status, veteran status, or any situation in which inter-group tensions exist based on such group characteristics. Hate and bias acts may be violations of criminal law, such as hate crimes. All hate crimes are considered bias incidents, but not all bias incidents are considered hate crimes.

Framingham State University encourages the immediate reporting of all bias incidents that occur on campus, University-owned property, or at University-sponsored events occurring off-campus.

The names of students alleged to have committed bias incidents that may violate the University Student Code of Conduct will be referred to the Student Conduct Office for further action. The names of faculty, staff, and/or administrators alleged to have committed bias incidents that may violate University policy will be referred to the Equal Opportunity Office for further action.

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