The university defines bias incidents as follows:
Bias Incidents: A bias incident is an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, violence or criminal offense committed against any person, group or property that appears to be intentional and motivated by prejudice or bias. Such are usually associated with negative feelings and beliefs with respect to others race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age social class, political affiliation, disability, veteran status, club affiliation or organizational membership.
However, it is important for you to know that some bias-motivated, prejudice or otherwise disrespectful acts may be constitutionally protected speech and thus not subject to University disciplinary action or formal investigation.
The reporting process (also described in the Freedom of Expression Policy) helps Mason to record and evaluate these occurrences for climate assessment and planning purposes. The Office of Diversity Inclusion and Multicultural Education or Campus Climate Committee does not have independent authority to adjudicate incidents falling under this definition.