Anytime anyone in the Grand Valley community feels belittled, disrespected, threatened, or unsafe because of whom they are, the entire university community is diminished. That’s why it’s important to respond to and report all bias incidents — even those intended as jokes.
Bias incidents can cause alarm, anger, fear, or resentment in others or endanger the health, safety, or welfare of anyone in the university community. They are directed toward an individual or group because of their race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex/gender, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, religion, familial status, marital status, disability, age, height, weight or veteran status.
Bias incidents take many forms – words, signs, symbols, threats or actions – electronic or real time. They include intimidation, vandalism, destruction of property, harassment, and expressions of hate or hostility; they have an adverse impact on a learning environment that is inclusive of all. Bias incidents are distinguished in the following ways.