Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Bias Related Conduct

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: Gettysburg College Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: April 7, 2017

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When bias incidents are reported, education to prevent recurrence and repairing the harm caused may be the most appropriate institutional response.  Egregious forms of bias will result in more severe sanctions from the College.
Definitions of Prohibited Conduct
Bias conduct: Threatening, degrading, abusive, or hostile acts including conduct, expression, or speech which are motivated, in whole or in part, based on an individual’s or group’s actual or perceived race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital/familial status, possession of a General Education Development Certificate (GED) as compared to a high school diploma, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, age, or genetic information. Acts that unreasonably interfere with another student’s academic, residential, or social engagement will be considered more egregious.
Hate crimes: Expressions of hatred for some group, especially in circumstances in which the communication is likely to provoke violence. The FBI defines a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.” Hate itself is not a crime—and the FBI is mindful of protecting freedom of speech and other civil liberties. The College prohibits hate crimes. All hate crimes will be reported to the Gettysburg Police Department. All hate crimes are classified as bias conduct.
Procedures to Report Bias Conduct
Gettysburg College prohibits the behaviors and conduct described above. Please report any bias related conduct immediately to Public Safety at (717) 337-6911 or at www.gettysburg.edu/reportconcern.

Gettysburg College encourages prompt reporting of bias conduct so an investigation of the alleged facts can be conducted to determine if College policy has been violated, including violations of the Student Code of Conduct or Employee Code of Conduct. All matters will be resolved in accordance with standard sanctions or job action outlined in the Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities or the Employee Handbook, respectively.

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