Bias Incident Reporting: Questions about Bias and Bias Reporting

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: Williams College Statement Rating: Red Last updated: September 21, 2017

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Bias Incident – Bias incidents are acts of conduct, speech, or expression that target individuals and groups based on race, religion, ethnic/national origin, gender, gender identity/expression, age, ability, or sexual orientation. Bias-related incidents, while abhorrent and intolerable, do not meet the necessary elements required to prove a crime. However, bias-related incidents do require the active participation of a community committed to fundamental human dignity and equality to successfully address.

Some examples of bias incidents include:

  • Telling jokes based on a stereotype
  • Name-calling
  • Stereotyping
  • Offensive graffiti or images/drawing
  • Avoiding or excluding others
  • Posting or commenting on social media related to someone’s identity in a bias matter
  • Calling someone the r-word, n-word, f-word… (in person, in writing, on social media, white boards, etc.)
  • Using the phrase ‘no homo’
  • Calling a person or a behavior ‘gay’ as an insult
  • Making jokes or using stereotypes when talking about someone
  • Saying that all ______ [people of a certain group or identity] are _____ [stereotyping]
  • Using a racial, ethnic, or other slur to identify someone
  • Making a joke about someone being deaf or hard of hearing, or blind, etc.
  • Imitating someone with any kind of disability, or imitating someone’s cultural norm or practice
  • Making comments on social media about someone’s disability, ethnicity, race, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliations/beliefs
  • Writing on a white board about someone’s disability, ethnicity, national origin, race, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliations/beliefs
  • Displaying a sign that is color-coded pink for girls and blue for boys
  • Telling someone that they have to wear pants because they are male and a skirt because they are female [or other specific limitations and expectations]
  • Drawing faith symbols on someone’s door not from the same belief, or drawing or writing over someone’s faith symbols
  • Taking down someone else’s holiday decoration because you do not believe in that faith
  • Drawing or creating pictures that imitate, stereotype, or belittle/ridicule someone because of their gender, gender expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, faith, or political affiliation

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