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A bias incident is an incident in which an individual or group of individuals directs actions or behavior at another individual, or a group of individuals, based on his/her/their bias against one or more features of the targeted individual or group.  Those features may include actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, and/or veteran status.

Some bias incidents may involve speech that is protected by the First Amendment.  The University is committed to protecting such speech, but is also committed to ensuring that all community members receive fair and equal treatment.  In balancing these responsibilities, there may be times that the University finds speech to be protected, but still seeks to serve students who may be affected by that speech by offering resources to them.

Bias and Hate Crime

“Bias” is defined by the FBI Hate Crime Data Collection Guidelines as “a preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, and other personal characteristics.”  The Guidelines also define a “bias crime” as “a committed criminal offense that is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias(es) against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity; also known as Hate Crime.”   


Not all, and likely not most, bias incidents that occur at the University will rise to the level of Hate Crime as defined by the FBI.  For those that do, the University encourages reporting to Police and Public Safety. Regardless of whether it is criminal behavior, however, the University encourages prompt reporting of any bias incident by victims, bystanders, or other University community members so that the University can provide resources to those affected.