Housing and Food Services: Resources for Victims of Bias-related Conduct

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: University of Washington Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: May 22, 2017

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Bias-related conduct is behavior that by intent, action and/or outcome may offend, harm or threaten to harm a person or group. Such behavior is usually motivated by prejudice toward a person or group because of factors such as race, religion, ethnicity, disability, national origin, age, gender or sexual orientation.

Some bias-related conduct comes in the form of speech that can appear to be offensive, derogatory or demeaning. Although these and other expressions betray the UW’s ideal of a campus community committed to honor and respect, the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution may protect expressions of this nature.  Regardless of whether or not a specific situation is punishable, acts of bias should be appropriately addressed.  In the absence of a disciplinary procedure, an educational response may be warranted.

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