Bias Incident Reporting
There are times when this environment may be compromised when a biased or hate-related incident occurs. You can report a bias or hate-related incident as a witness or a victim by completing the Student Complaint Report. Although it is helpful to tell us who you are, reports can be made anonymously.
What is a Bias Incident?
Non-criminal activity committed against a person or property that is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against a race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age or religion, veteran status or any combination of these or related factors. Bias incidents are instances of verbal and non-verbal conduct or behavior that is threatening, harassing, intimidating, discriminatory, hostile or damaging to property by known or unknown perpetrators that occurs on Georgia Southern University campus or within an area that impacts the Georgia Southern University community.
- Bias Incident – any act directed against a person or property that includes the use of slurs or epithets expressing bias on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression.
Hate Speech and Free Speech
An area of concern, but one which is particularly difficult for universities to deal with, is the area of “Hate Speech.” This area is difficult because of the nation’s deep commitment to free speech and all universities’ particular focus on free speech as a major component in the university learning environment. We believe that we can both maintain respect for free speech and engage a fruitful concern for “hate speech.” With this in mind, we define Hate Speech as:
Hate speech is speech, text, images (written/spoken) presented in public that are designed to incite hatred, violence, contempt, or severe ridicule towards, or to intimidate or create terror or fear among members of racial, religious, or other groups (such as sexual minorities).