Bias IncidentA bias incident is an act of conduct, speech or expression to which a bias motive is evident as a contributing factor (regardless of whether the act is criminal). Bias incidents take many forms—words, signs, symbols, threats or actions—and may take place in electronic or real-time contexts. They may include intimidation, vandalism, destruction of property or expressions of hate or hostility. They have an adverse impact on our learning environment that is inclusive of all. Bias incidents can cause alarm, anger, fear, or resentment in others or endanger the health, safety or welfare of anyone in the University community. They are directed toward an individual or group because of their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or Vietnam-era or disabled veteran status.
Hate CrimeA hate crime is a criminal offense committed against a person, which is motivated in whole or in part by the alleged perpetrator’s bias against a race, religion, disability status, ethnicity/national origin, gender or sexual orientation. Hate crimes may include threatened, attempted, or actual crimes; and may include assault and battery, vandalism, or other destruction of property, or verbal threats of physical harm. Harassment or intimidation may also be hate crimes when used to deprive or interfere with a person's exercise of civil rights.