Hate and Bias Incidents

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: University of Texas at Austin Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: May 16, 2017

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The University is committed to an academic and work environment free from acts of intolerance, hate, bias, or prejudice based on an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, sexual orientation, ideology, political views, or political affiliation.

Verbal Harassment:
means hostile or offensive speech, oral, written, or symbolic, that

  1. is not necessary to the expression of any idea described in the Institutional Rules on Student Services and Activities (“Institutional Rules”), Appendix C, subsection 13-204(b)(2) (http://catalog.utexas.edu/general-information/appendices/appendix-c/speech-expression-and- assembly/); and
  2. is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent to create an objectively hostile environment that interferes with or diminishes the victim’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the University; and
  3. describes or is directed to one or more specific individuals.

Verbal harassment may consist of threats, insults, epithets, ridicule, personal attacks, or the categories of harassing sexual speech set forth in HOP 3-3031 (http://www.policies.utexas.edu/policies/prohibition-sexual-discrimination-sexual-harassment-sexual-assault-sexual-misconduct) of the Handbook of Operating Procedures.

Individuals may report threatened or actual violent conduct, harassment, or incitement to imminent violations of law including those incidents based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, sexual orientation, ideology, political views, or political affiliation by a University student to the Office of the Dean of Students. Incidents may be reported by completing the online referral form available at Report an Incident (http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/conduct/reportanincident.php) or by visiting the Office of the Dean of Students …

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