UCSB Housing: Bias Repsonse

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: University of California, Santa Barbara Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: March 8, 2017

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Residential & Community Living values diversity and inclusivity and will work to promptly address acts of bias and harassment directed at any individual or group in our residential communities; such acts are unacceptable in our residential community. These acts are considered violations of the Residential & Community Living Terms and Conditions, UCSB Campus Regulations, the UC Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations and Students (PACAOS Section 104.90), and may be a violation of state or federal law.

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A bias incident is an offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by the offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or gender identity BUT may not rise to the level of a crime. Bias incidents include hostile environments and harassing behavior that is severe, persistent or pervasive to the point that it threatens an individual or limits the ability of the individual to work, study, or participate in college life. The resident may or may not have specific or general intent to harm, but contributes to creating a hostile or unwelcoming living environment.

Examples of Bias Incidents

  • Guest uses a racial slur during a documentation.
  • Community member yells “tranny” at another community member.
  • Two residents are targeting a third by joking and using derogatory terms repeatedly such as the n-word or retard.

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