Bias Incident Reporting: What is a Bias Related Incident

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: University of Alabama at Birmingham Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: September 28, 2017

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What is a Bias Related Incident?

A bias-related incident is any behavior or action directed toward an individual or group based upon actual or perceived identity characteristics or background, such as: race, sex (including gender identity/expression), color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, military status, or sexual orientation.

Such acts may result in creating a hostile environment and may have a negative psychological, emotional, or physical impact on an individual, group and/ or community. Bias-related incidents occur without regard to whether the act is legal, illegal, intentional or unintentional.

Incidents which involve UAB students and occur on or off campus and have the effect of harming individuals or groups may be addressed by the university’s Bias Incident Response Protocol. The protocol may be initiated in cases when it is clear that the incidents have harmful effects on persons or groups based upon their race, sex (including gender identity/expression), color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, military status or sexual orientation.

Types of incidents may include:

  • Physical injury
  • Damage to property
  • Graffiti/signs
  • Threatening mail/email or social media post
  • Threatening voice mail/message
  • Telephone harassment
  • Confrontation
  • Stalking
  • Verbal harassment/slurs/threats
  • Written slur or threat
  • Gestures
  • Other

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