What is bias?
Bias is a belief that prevents someone from making an objective and fair judgment about another person. Bias-motivated behavior includes 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
Examples of Bias Related Behaviors
- Offensive jokes and/or graffiti
- Name calling
- Using racial, religious and/or sexual related slurs
- Degrading or offensive images
Defining the terms prejudice, stereotype and discrimination
- Prejudice is a preconceived notion, i.e., a pre-judgment about someone that is often drawn from insufficient knowledge.
- Stereotype is the systematic classification of a person based upon preconceived notions that are often drawn from insufficient knowledge.
- Discrimination is a negative action aimed at a person or group of people based upon prejudice.
To learn more about Hilbert College's Anti-Harassment Policy, review the Hilbert College Student Handbook.
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.