Bias comes in many forms. It can be a hurtful action based on who someone is as a person. The most important indication of bias is your own feelings. If you feel like you may have experienced something that is wrong and would like to discuss the incident, please call 734-615-BIAS (2427).
Bias incidents can be things that do not violate any law or policies. In some cases in addition to it being a bias incident, it may violate laws and or/U-M policies. Below are some examples of policies that may be violated, but this is not necessary to be considered a bias incident.
- HATE CRIMES (BIAS CRIMES)
- VIOLATIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN'S STANDARD PRACTICE GUIDE
- VIOLATIONS OF THE STATEMENT OF STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBLITIES
Even if a reported incident is not one that constitutes a hate crime or an incident that violates a University policy, we will learn from the reports and obtain feedback on how we can improve some aspect of the campus climate. Reports may result in individual education or new efforts to improve some aspect of campus life.
In all instances, individuals who experience acts of hate, bias, harassment or discrimination should feel they have a safe space in which to report the behavior and receive support.
The University is committed to provide such safe spaces and to support a comprehensive reporting mechanism for incidents of bias so that we may better understand our campus climate and work continuously to improve it.
- HATE CRIMES The category of hate crimes includes malicious threats, damage or defacement of property, or physical contact specifically intended to intimidate or harass another person because of the person's race, color, religion, gender, or national origin. See Michigan Statute on Ethnic Intimidation 750.147(b)Incidents that meet these criteria are subject to state or federal prosecution, and/or disciplinary proceedings conducted by the Office of Institutional Equity, Office of Student Conflict Resolution and/or University Housing.
- VIOLATIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN'S STANDARD PRACTICE GUIDE Violations of the University of Michigan's Standard Practice Guide that include the following type of conduct:
*Verbal or physical conduct by a member of the faculty or staff that is based upon race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, marital status, handicap or Vietnam-era veteran status that adversely affects or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for academic pursuits, employment, housing or participation in University activities (SPG 201.89-1).
*Intentional sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by an University employee that adversely affects or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for academic pursuits, employment, housing or participation in University activities (SPG 201.89-0)
*Discrimination in employment and human resource policies and practices against any individual because of race, sex (including gender identity and gender expression), color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientations, disability, special disabled veteran and Vietnam-era veteran status, and height or weight, except as allowed by the need for bona fide occupational qualifications (SPG 201.35). See University of Michigan Standard Practice Guide 201.35, 201.89-0, and 201.89-1. The Office of Institutional Equity will handle incidents that meet these criteria.
- VIOLATIONS OF THE STATEMENT OF STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBLITIES The following behaviors contradict the values of the University community and are subject to action under the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Such behavior may be subject to additional penalties if motivated because of the person's age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, marital status, national origin or ancestry, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status:
*Physically harming another person including acts such as killing, assaulting or battering
*Sexually assaulting another person
*Sexually harassing another person
*Stalking, or harassing another person
*Stealing, vandalizing, damaging, destroying or defacing University property or the property of others
*Obstructing or disrupting classes, research projects, or other activities or programs of the University; or obstructing access to University facilities, property, or programs (except for behavior that is protected by the University's policy on Freedom of Speech and Artistic Expression)
*Violating University computer policies
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