Responding to a Bias Related Incident

Bias related incidents may take a variety of forms, including words, signs, threats, graffiti, symbols, harassment, intimidation, or destruction of property. Even jokes can be received by an individual or group as a bias related incident. Bias related incidents may occur in online communities.

Bias related incidents are based upon an individual's real or perceived identity, including race, national origin, ethnicity, sex, religion, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Bias related incidents affect each person differently. Some common reactions include anger, fear, sadness, suspicion, isolation, confusion, or loss of control.

As members of a community, each of us holds the responsibility to confront bias related incidents whether they occur in our classrooms, offices, residence halls, or throughout our campus. Interrupting an incident as it is happening can be difficult. Faculty and staff should contact Public Safety at x4444 immediately should they witness a bias related incident.

Members of the Student Experience Diversity Committee are available to offer a one hour workshop for faculty and staff to review strategies for interrupting bias related behavior. 

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