Affirmative Action Office: Bias Response Protocol

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: University of New Hampshire Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: December 14, 2017

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A bias incident is an act of a threat or act of harassment or intimidation, verbal, written or physical which is personally directed against or targets either an individual student/faculty/staff member or a group because of their actual or perceived race, color, veteran status or marital status or other category protected by law or UNH policy…. Hypothetical examples depending on the totality of the circumstances: anonymous acts of vandalism to public posters by defacing them with bias-related symbols or slogans, targeted vandalism on a student’s door directed at his/her protected status by writing homophobic, ethnic, or racial epithets on dry-erase boards, directing slurs at a group or individual (whether in person or electronically) by telling derogatory gender- or ethnic-based jokes or making insulting comments about an individual’s traditional manner of dress or geographic origin, harassment that interferes with a person’s educational experience or employment by displaying sexually suggestive objects or pictures in the workplace or academic environment except as those items may be part of legitimate pedagogical pursuits.

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