Bias Incident Reporting

Examples of Bias Incidents

What is a bias incident?

A bias incident targets an individual based on their age, color, religion, disability (physical or mental), race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran status, as identified in the student code of conduct.

What are we talking about?

We’re talking about intolerance, discrimination, hostility, harassment, hate, mistreatment, prejudice, bigotry, injustice, favoritism, homophobia, xenophobia, racism, tendency, ageism, privilege, marginalization, retaliation, bullying, incivility, stereotyping, and microaggressions.

Examples of bias incidents:
  • A student is verbally harassed for being from another country.
  • A wall is defaced with anti-Semitic phrases.
  • A work-study supervisor tells a joke demeaning women.
  • A professor makes a racially disparaging comment in class.
  • A student uses a physical or mental disability to insult someone.
  • A poster is displayed that singles out a racial or ethnic group to intimidate.
  • A mother is breastfeeding her child and hears an inappropriate comment about breastfeeding in public.
  • A person is not hired for a job due to their age.
  • A professor tells a student to expect to struggle due to stereotypes about the student’s gender and/or race.
  • A person intentionally ridicules another person for the pronouns that person uses.
  • A veteran is presumed to be unstable or hears a joke about PTSD.
  • A person shouts an offensive name at you while you’re walking down the street.
  • A person makes fun of you for having divorced parents.
  • A person writes an offensive word on your dry erase board.
  • A person intentionally harasses you based upon your socio-economic status.

Please note that this list is not all encompassing. If you believe you have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, please report it.