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Reporting Bias Incidents

The Leopard’s Oath, our community commitment, reminds us of our obligation to act with compassion and civility in each of our interactions. While the university respects freedom of speech and expression, acts of bias are not tolerated.

Bias-related incidents aim to threaten, harm, harass, or intimidate individuals or groups based upon a real or perceived identity, including race, national origin, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, sexual orientation, age, or physical or psychological disability.

Bias related incidents may take a variety of forms, including, but not limited to, words, signs, graffiti, images, physical violence, or destruction of property. Even jokes can be received by an individual or group as a bias-related incident, as an individual’s intent does not minimize the impact the joke may have on the other person(s). Bias related incidents may also occur online or through electronic communications.

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

Wentworth Institute of Technology takes incidents of bias seriously. Students who believe they may have been the target of a bias-related incident have the right to report the incident to Wentworth. Students who believe they have witnessed or have information about a bias-related incident are also encouraged to report. Students should contact Public Safety to report a bias-related incident or graffiti. Anonymous reporting is also available at wit.ethicspoint.com.