What is Bias?

What is a bias-related incident?

Similar to hate crimes, bias incidents are non-criminal activities that harm another because of that person's membership in a classification, such as race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age or religion.

What are some examples of bias-related incidents?

Depending on the totality of the circumstances, writing a racial epithet in erasable marker on someone's dry-erase board, making fun of another person because of his or her language or accent, or making insulting comments about someone's traditional manner of dress or geographic origin are hypothetical examples of a bias-related incident.

How will the University respond when it learns of hate crimes or bias-related incidents?

The university is committed to act responsibly when it learns of incidents motivated by hate or bias. Such occurrences, if they constitute a criminal act such as assault or property damage, should be reported to the police and will be fully investigated. Other acts of intolerance may violate university policies or community standards. In those instances we will pursue a range of remedies that may include disciplinary action as well as community education and dialogue.

When you report a bias incident, university staff will help you determine the possible next steps, explain the relevant processes, and offer counseling and support or refer you to other offices that may provide support.

The reports are confidential, but not anonymous. The reporting form asks for contact information so that a Bias Reporting team member can contact you.  Should you require further support or connection to resources please contact the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance at edc@appstate.edu or 828-262-2144.

To submit a Bias Incident Report, please click here.