Bias Incident, Harassment and Hate Crime Response

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: Swarthmore College Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: September 29, 2017

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Bias incidents are acts of conduct, speech, or expression that target individuals and groups based on their actual or perceived race/color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity/expression, age, disability, or sexual orientation. Bias-related incidents, while abhorrent and intolerable, do not alone meet the necessary elements required to prove a crime, or even a violation of College policy. However, to be successfully addressed, bias-related incidents do require the active participation of a community committed to fundamental human dignity and equality.

Information reported on this form may be submitted anonymously and is considered private to the extent permitted by law and/or consistent with the mission of the College and its Code of Conduct.

Privacy generally means that information related to a report of bias will only be shared with a limited circle of individuals.  The use of this information is limited to those College employees who “need to know” in order to assist in the active review, investigation, or resolution of the report.  While these individuals generally are not confidential resource personnel, they will be discreet and respect the privacy of all individuals involved in the process.

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