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What is Bias?

How to identify bias

Bias is...

Treating someone negatively because of their actual or perceived:
•    Age
•    Creed
•    (Dis)ability
•    Ethnic or national origin
•    Gender, gender identity, or gender expression
•    Marital status
•    Political or social affiliation
•    Race
•    Religion
•    Sexual orientation

Some examples of bias incidents include:
•    Telling jokes
•    Name-calling
•    Stereotyping
•    Offensive graffiti
•    Avoiding or excluding others

Bias stems from:

•    Fear
•    Misunderstanding
•    Hatred
•    Stereotypes

Is a bias-related incident the same as a hate crime?

Bias-related incidents and hate crimes both involve behavior that is motivated by bias. However, it is important to note the distinction between the two.

Bias-related incidents are defined as behavior which constitutes an expression of hostility against the person or property of another because of the targeted person's age, creed, disability, ethnic or national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, political or social affiliation, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Even when offenders are not aware of bias or intend to offend, bias may be revealed which is worthy of a response and can serve as an opportunity for education.

Bias-related incidents, while abhorrent and intolerable, do not meet the necessary elements required to prove a crime. However, bias-related incidents do require the active participation of a community committed to fundamental human dignity and equality to successfully address.

If you believe you may have been the target of, or witness to a bias incident at Dartmouth, please report it as soon as possible or call Safety & Security at 603-646-4000.

Hate crimes are also motivated by bias, but they include a definable crime, such as: threats of violence, property damage, personal injury and other illegal conduct. A hate crime is an infraction of the law and will be addressed accordingly. Please report hate crimes to the Hanover Police Department at 911.

Bias Incident Reporting Form

Last Updated: 3/18/15