Office for Inclusive Excellence: Frequently Asked Questions

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: University of Utah Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: December 6, 2017

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What is a bias/hate incident?

Bias or hate incidents consist of speech, conduct, or some other form of expression or action that is motivated wholly or in part by prejudice or bias. It may or may not rise to the level of criminal activity or illegal or prohibited discrimination, but its effect is to discriminate, demean, embarrass, assign stereotype, harass, or exclude individuals because of their membership in a classification, such as race, color, ethnicity, national origin, language, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, size, disability, age, veteran status, or religion.

What are some examples of bias-related incidents?

Examples of bias or hate-related incidents may be signified in act(s) of intolerance, such as defacement & vandalism, racial epithets written on someone’s dry-erase board, racially themed parties, threats, ridiculing a person’s language or accent, insulting a person’s traditional manner of dress, hate messages and symbols, language and imagery objectifying women, and other subtle (and extreme) examples of bias incidents. All incidents—regardless of severity—can be reported.

What happens to my report after it is submitted?

When you report a bias incident, the URISE committee, including the Director of Inclusive Excellence, will use the report to inform the University’s understanding of the campus climate so that we can better address issues of concern and provide appropriate education to the campus community. If you provide identifying information about yourself, we can also direct you to supportive resources on campus. If your report identifies conduct that is criminal in nature, or otherwise illegal, such as conduct that would constitute illegal discrimination or harassment, we will forward the report to the police and/or to the University’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action for follow-up.

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