STOP Bias: What is Bias?

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: Syracuse University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: April 3, 2017

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Some examples of bias incidents include:

  • Telling jokes based on a stereotype
  • Name-calling
  • Stereotyping
  • Offensive graffiti or images/drawing
  • Avoiding or excluding others
  • Posting or commenting on social media related to someone’s identity in a bias matter
  • Calling someone the r-word, n-word, f-word… (in person, in writing, on social media, white boards, etc.)
  • Using the phrase ‘no homo’
  • Calling a person or a behavior ‘gay’ as an insult
  • Making jokes or using stereotypes when talking about someone
  • Saying that all ______ [people of a certain group or identity] are _____ [stereotyping]
  • Using a racial, ethnic, or other slur to identify someone
  • Making a joke about someone being deaf or hard of hearing, or blind, etc.
  • Imitating someone with any kind of disability, or imitating someone’s cultural norm or practice
  • Making comments on social media about someone’s disability, ethnicity, race, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliations/beliefs
  • Writing on a white board about someone’s disability, ethnicity, national origin, race, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliations/beliefs
  • Displaying a sign that is color-coded pink for girls and blue for boys
  • Telling someone that they have to wear pants because they are man and a skirt because they are female [or other specific limitations and expectations]
  • Drawing faith symbols on someone’s door not from the same belief, or drawing or writing over someone’s faith symbols
  • Taking down someone else’s holiday decoration because you do not believe in that faith
  • Drawing or creating pictures that imitate, stereotype, or belittle/ridicule someone because of their gender, gender expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, faith, or political affiliation

Bias-related incidents are defined as behavior which constitutes an expression of hostility against the person or property of another because of the targeted person’s age, creed, disability, ethnic or national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, political or social affiliation, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Even when offenders are not aware of bias or intend to offend, bias may be revealed which is worthy of a response and can serve as an opportunity for education.

Please report bias-related incidents

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