Dean of Students Office: Bias Incident Protocol

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: University of Connecticut Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: May 10, 2017

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A bias-related incident is an incident that negatively targets, intimidates, or threatens an individual or group due to race, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical, mental, and intellectual disabilities, as well as past/present history of mental disorders.

Hate speech and actions are not tolerated at the University of Connecticut and individuals who are victims of hate speech or actions are protected through the Student Code (http://community.uconn.edu/the-student-code-preamble/) and Connecticut laws related to discrimination, harassment or intimidation based on bigotry or bias (http://www.jud.ct.gov/ji/criminal/part6/6.10-3.htm). Not every act that might be offensive to an individual or a group will be considered as harassment and/or a violation of The Student Code. In cases where the Student Code may not apply, the University will still consider appropriate educational remedies.

Bias incidents/graffiti/images may indicate a need for education in our community in order to remedy harm done, and to provide opportunities for reflection and growth.

Appropriate staff and faculty will work with students to plan timely, educational opportunities that are reflective of diverse learning styles, and address relevant issues from multiple perspectives.

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