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Bias Incident Response

Opening Statement

Bias can be defined as an inclination, temperament or prejudice for or against persons because of their memberships in a protected class, especially in a way considered to be unfair. An incident that is motivated by bias may include such things as offensive conduct or language, or expressions of disrespect toward a person or group because of actual or perceived membership in a protected class (i.e., race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, sex/gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, cognitive or physical disability, military status, veteran status). While bias can take many shapes, it typically results in a state of emotional discomfort and insecurity for the impacted individual.


  • Slurs and epithets are used (terms to demean based on an identity).
  • Hate symbols- or inflammatory symbols like nooses- are used.
  • A pattern of incidents in which the targets and perpetrators are of a different race, religion, national origin, ability, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
  • The acts are directed against members of groups(s) whose presence is in the minority in the community,
  • The targets(s) believe the incident was motivated by bias or the person engaging in the conduct admits being motivated by prejudice or selecting targets based identity. 


  • Speak up against hateful acts.
    • "That's no ok."
    • "Those words hurt people, we respect others here and don't say those things." We commit ourselves to respect the dignity of every person in thought, word and action.
  • Support impacted individual(s).
    • "I'm sorry you were impacted, how can I help?" 
    • "How can I do better?" Listen and learn from others. Expose yourself to differences, engage in self awareness, and seek to understand.
  • Practice behavior that is not intentionally insulting, demeaning, destructive or harmful to you or others. Recognize when unintentionally harmful words or action are brought to your attention.


  • Report to Equity Compliance or 937-299-3622. For University assistance or response; learn about rights and resources.
  • Call Public Safety 937-229-2121 for immediate safety concerns and/or assistance with criminal reporting.
  • In residence halls, contact your RA or another staff member.

Equity Compliance Office - Room 300

St. Mary's Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1641