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: 

  • Age
  • Color                                                 
  • Disability
  • Domestic violence victim status
  • Gender
  • Marital status                                             
  • Race                                                        
  • Sex                                                          
  • Status as an ex-offender
  • Arrest record
  • Creed
  • Ethnic or national origin
  • Gender identification
  • Predisposing genetic or physical characteristics
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • Other targeted aspects of one's identity     

Examples of Bias Related Behaviors

  • Offensive jokes and/or graffiti
  • Name calling
  • Stereotyping
  • Using racial, religious and/or sexual related slurs
  • Degrading or offensive images

Defining the terms prejudice, stereotype and discrimination

  1. Prejudice is a preconceived notion, i.e., a pre-judgment about someone that is often drawn from insufficient knowledge. 
  2. Stereotype is the systematic classification of a person based upon preconceived notions that are often drawn from insufficient knowledge.
  3. 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

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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.