STOP Bias: What is Bias?

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: Syracuse University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: January 15, 2018

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Some examples of bias incidents include:

  • Telling jokes based on a stereotype
  • Racist or derogatory graffiti or images/drawings
  • Calling someone the r-word, n-word, f-word… (in person, in writing, on social media, on whiteboards, etc.)
  • 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
  • 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 do not 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 to http://reportbias.syr.edu.

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