What is a Bias Related Incident?

Stonehill College expects and encourages its community members to treat each other with respect and dignity. Our Bias Response Protocol helps us to address issues of intolerance, bias, and misconduct related to diversity.

The fabric of our community can be impacted by negative behaviors and language and treatment towards one another. As such, the Bias Response Protocol was implemented to hold each other accountable and to address when individuals choose to participate in bias-related and hateful acts. Stonehill College takes these actions seriously, and bias related incidents are addressed swiftly.

If you are witness to or a target of bias-related behavior, please contact Campus Police in an emergency at 508-565-5555 or fill out a Bias Response Form. You will be contacted within 24 hours of submitting the form by a member of the Bias Response Team. 

 

DEFINITIONS

What is a bias-related incident?
A bias-related incident is an act motivated by the offender’s bias against the actual -- or perceived -- age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, religious practices, or sexual orientation of the targeted person or group, but does not rise to the level of a criminal offense. Examples many include telling jokes based on stereotypes; posting on social media about someone based on identity; using offensive language that may pertain to identity; taking down or tampering with bulletin boards or displays.

What is a hate crime?
A hate crime is a criminal offense, committed against a person or property which is motivated by the offender’s bias against the actual -- or perceived -- age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, religious practices, or sexual orientation of the targeted person or group. Examples include graffiti, destruction of property, threat of violence, or intent to harm. 

What are microaggressive behaviors?
Microaggressive behaviors are insults, actions, or comments which contribute to an environment or experience that is not welcoming to a person or group based on their age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, religious practices, or sexual orientation. Examples may include excluding a person from group projects because, in part, of skin color or religious practices; comments made in the classroom that single out a person which may be related to identity.

If you are witness to or a target of a bias related incident, please fill out this form which will be reviewed by the Bias Response Team. 

For further questions, please contact the Office of Intercultural Affairs at 508-565-1409 or stop by Duffy 149.