Bias & Hate

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

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  • Bias Incident: Acts against people or property that do not appear to constitute a crime or actionable discrimination, but which may intimidate, mock, degrade, or threaten a member or group because of actual or perceived age, ancestry or ethnicity, color, creed, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, height, immigration or citizenship status, marital status, ex-offender status, national origin, veteran status, race, religion, religious practice, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, weight or any combination of these factors.

Bias-related incidents, while abhorrent and offensive, may not meet the definition of a hate crime or Code of Student Conduct violation. However, these acts negatively impact our community and require an active response to ensure a safe and inclusive campus environment for all. Even when offenders are unaware that they have shown bias and do not mean to offend, an expression of bias deserves a response and can be an opportunity for education.

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