Bias Incident Protocol

The University of Richmond is committed to being a diverse and inclusive community, strengthened intellectually and socially by the range of knowledge, opinion, belief, political perspective and background of its members, whether of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, ability status, age, religious, economic or geographic origin.

Because bias activity has the potential to adversely affect the members of the University community and to undermine the climate of civility and respect necessary to achieve and maintain a diverse and inclusive community, the University has developed a protocol designed to supplement existing University policies and procedures and to coordinate University resources in response to complaints of bias activity.

Definitions

As used in this protocol, the term 'bias activity' includes the following:

  • Bias/Hate Crimes -- defined as any criminal offense or attempted criminal offense that one could reasonably conclude is motivated, in whole or in part, by the alleged offender's bias against an individual's actual or perceived age, ancestry or ethnicity, color, creed, disability, gender,  immigration or citizenship status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, religious practice or sexual orientation.
  • Discrimination -- defined as a violation of the University's Harassment and Discrimination Policy, other applicable University policies and procedures and/or applicable anti-discrimination laws.
  • Bias Incident -- defined as acts that do not appear to constitute a crime or actionable discrimination, but which may intimidate, mock, degrade, or threaten, individuals or groups and which one could reasonably conclude targets a member or group within the University community because of that individual or group's actual or perceived age, ancestry or ethnicity, color, creed, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, immigration or citizenship status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, religious practice or sexual orientation.

Bias/Hate Crimes

Students, faculty, and staff who are victims of or who witness activity that is or could reasonably be considered a bias/hate crime, including but not limited to assaults, attempted assaults, destruction or damage to property or defacement of property should report such activity immediately to University Police by calling 289-8911, or anonymously, using Silent Witness. Where appropriate, the University Police will notify the Bias Resource Team of reports of bias/hate crimes occurring on campus.

Discrimination

Students, faculty, and staff who are subjected to or believe they may be the subject of discrimination prohibited by University policies or applicable laws or who witness potential discrimination should file a complaint in accordance with the University's Harassment and Discrimination Policy. Complaints of discrimination may also be made, informally, to the director of Common Ground who shall assist the individual making the complaint in pursuing such complaint through applicable University policies and in accessing available University resources for support and guidance.

Bias Incidents

Students, faculty, and staff who are the subject of or who witness a Bias Incident may report such incidents to the director of Common Ground. The Common Ground director will assist individuals making reports in identifying appropriate University resources for support and guidance, and will notify the members of the Bias Resource Team of such reports.

Academic Freedom

This protocol shall be interpreted and implemented in a manner consistent with the University's commitment to academic freedom, as described in Article III (G) of the Faculty Handbook.