is hard to define, but the following is a framework for what
bias is may help someone decide if they are a target or witness
of bias. Bias is any physical, spoken or written act of abuse,
harassment, intimidation, use of vulgarity, cursing, making
remarks of a personally destructive nature toward any other
person, and any restriction or prevention of free movement
of an individual. Bias occurs whether that act is, intentional
or unintentional or is directed toward an individual or group
regarding race, color, creed, national origin; Sex, sexual
orientation, physical or mental disability, political, religious
ideology, or any other distinguishing characteristic. All
actions must not be defined as illegal.
The above list may make someone think of “Hate Crime.”
However, these two terms are not the same. What distinguishes
the two is the legality of the action.
The BRT understands that distinguishing whether something
is a bias crime or a hate crime may be difficult. If you have
a feeling, or just want to report to be sure, feel free to
report what happened, and we can help from there. Our staff
can examine a situation and help a reporter decide what to
do next. We can work with a reporter as they are referred to other campus processes as well.
In some cases, where individuals are identified and violations of state or federal law may have occurred the BRT may have to report those incidents to other agencies. A reporter can always contact the BRT for more information on this process. The BRT will take all steps possible to ensure the privacy of reporters and other involved parties. However, the BRT cannot guarantee complete confidentiality of all parties in all incidents.