Western wants to address bias, harassment and discrimination within our community. So that the appropriate people can respond and assist those who are targeted, we need to know what happens and how often. By reporting incidents, you become part of the solution.
Bias incidents can be demonstrations of bias, hate, harassment, or discrimination against an individual or group because of the individual or group’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, veteran status, age, and/or marital status. Demonstrations of bias can be in the form of language, words, signs, symbols, threats, or actions that could potentially cause alarm, anger, or fear in others, or that endanger the health, safety, and welfare of a member of the University community, even if presented as a joke.
The conduct underlying some bias incidents may be protected speech, but also violate Western’s commitment to civility and diversity. In such situations, while protecting Constitutional rights, University staff may also exercise their right to speak and engage in educational dialogue.