Bias Incident Reporting

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Sacramento State takes reports of bias, hate, harassment, and discrimination very seriously. The new bias incident response reporting tool is available to all members of the Sacramento State community. It is a complement to existing protocols for addressing discrimination and harassment under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, to our nondiscrimination and harassment policy, and to the student conduct code concerning those forms of harm.

Every student, faculty, and staff member deserves an environment that is free of bias, one in which individuals can share their perspectives knowing that identity-based attacks are out of bounds and that the University will support those who experience harm and address the incidents. We aspire not only to mitigate bias, but also to create an environment in which people affirm the differences among us so as to give fuller expression to their sense of self, their identities, and their views.

What is a bias incident?

  • Something a person does, says, or expresses that is motivated by bias related to one or more identities, such as citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, sexual orientation, or more. The incident could promote mental stress, harm, or violence that leave recipient(s) or observer(s) feeling unsafe, unwelcomed, and unincluded in the Sacramento State community.

  • Once the Bias Incident Response Team is established, the team and campus officials will review the report and Institutional responses may include:
    • Removal of graffiti or flyers
    • Individual outreach to an affected party
    • Connecting affected parties to relevant resources
    • Educational workshops or seminars
    • Notice to the community about the incident
    • Offer of support and assistance to affected individuals/communities (typically in the form of counseling)
    • Referral to and information about other campus resources and local organizations
    • Referral to law enforcement
    • Initiation of a campus judicial response
    • Information about criminal and civil remedies
    • Educational programming
    • Assistance in communicating with local law enforcement or legal agencies
    • The Bias Incident Response Team will acknowledge receipt of all reports if contact information is provided. Anyone who submits a report can ask questions about the status of the Bias Incident Response Team’s work with the case at any time.

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