Bias Incident Response Protocol

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: Northeastern University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: December 8, 2016

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Bias Incident: Any conduct, or communication motivated by hatred or prejudice that demeans, degrades, or harasses an individual or group based upon membership in a protected category as recognized by law or Northeastern University policy including race, color, religion, religious creed, genetics, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, veteran, or disability status.

Examples include acts of vandalism, writing on a white board or walls; targeting a group or individual, in person or electronically, with hateful conduct; or other harassment that interferes with a person’s educational experience or employment, etc.


In consultation with the appropriate Northeastern University officials, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Student Affairs and Public Safety will take appropriate measures to address the bias and /or hate incident in a timely manner. Such measures include, but are not limited to the following: 1. Make a record of the incident 2. Pursue disciplinary action 3. Offer mediation 4. Provide education and programming 5. Report to appropriate internal departments and outside agencies

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