What is bias?
Bias is a belief that prevents someone from making an objective and fair judgment about another person. A bias-related incident is a verbal, written, or physical act of intolerance or prejudice that does not involve a criminal act or violence and lacks a reasonable relationship to an educational, political, and/or artistic end. Incidents may include negative words or actions, either intentional or unintentional, directed toward a specific person or group of people with regard to one or more of the following:
- Domestic violence victim status
- Marital status
- Status as an ex-offender
- Arrest record
- Ethnic or national origin
- Gender identification
- Predisposing genetic or physical characteristics
- Sexual orientation
- Other targeted aspects of one's identity
What are some examples of bias related incidents?
Examples of bias-related incidents include, but are not limited to offensive jokes, name calling, stereotyping, degrading of offensive images, or using racial, religious and/or sexual related slurs
What if the bias-related incident involves an employee?
Any reports of bias-related incidents involving employees will be directed to Human Resources. Human Resources, with assistance in some cases from other members of the administration, will conduct an investigation to determine the appropriate response, if any, which may include remedial and/or disciplinary action. In addition, any alleged violations by employees of the College’s policies against unlawful discrimination and/or harassment, will be reviewed under those policies.
What policies address bias-related incidents?
Please refer to the Bias-Related Crimes and Incidents policy within our Student Code of Conduct
How can I report a bias-related incident?
Everyone is encouraged to immediately report all types of bias-related incidents precipitated by intolerant behaviors.
In the case of physical confrontation, assault, threat, or injury, resulting from a bias-related crime, contact Campus Safety immediately by calling 716-479-1233 or accessing the Emergency Blue-Light Phone System across campus.
For all other bias-related incidents, please utilize the Hilbert College Bias-Incident Reporting Form
What happens when a bias-related incident report is submitted?
Each report of bias is reviewed by a Bias Review Board, comprised of Hilbert College employees. If it is determined that a bias related incident has occurred, actions and responses will be made on a case-by-case basis as appropriate to the incident in question.
Responses to bias-related incidents may include, but are not limited to, educational opportunities, dialogue, and/or competency trainings for the individuals and groups involved, as well as for other members of the campus community when reporting patterns suggest broader issues that move beyond the immediate incident. Reponses may also include suspension, expulsion, or referral to law enforcement, in accordance with all federal, state and local laws.
Who can submit bias-related incident reports?
Will every bias-related incident report be investigated?
Will the results of an investigation be shared or publicized?
During processes such as these, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) legally binds us from sharing specific details related to incident responses and student records. However, Hilbert College does not tolerate bias-related incidents and we are committed to reviewing and responding to every incident that is reported.
If this is an emergency or a case of physical confrontation, assault, threat, or injury resulting from a bias-related crime, contact Campus Safety immediately at 716-479-1233.