A bias-related incident is an incident that negatively targets, intimidates, or threatens an individual or group due to race, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical, mental, and intellectual disabilities, as well as past/present history of mental disorders. This includes, but is not limited to, graffiti or images that harass or intimidate individuals or groups due to the above characteristics.
Speech and Civility in a University Setting
The University of Connecticut values the freedom all members of our community have to express their opinions. It is only through such an environment that the educational values of our institution can be attained and our community can thoughtfully engage in the continual discourse that is necessary for the process of discovery and the creation of new knowledge.
Hate speech and actions are not tolerated at the University of Connecticut and individuals who are victims of hate speech or actions are protected through the Student Code (http://community.uconn.edu/the-student-code-preamble/) and Connecticut laws related to discrimination, harassment or intimidation based on bigotry or bias (http://www.jud.ct.gov/ji/criminal/part6/6.10-3.htm). Not every act that might be offensive to an individual or a group will be considered as harassment and/or a violation of The Student Code. In cases where the Student Code may not apply, the University will still consider appropriate educational remedies.
The goal of the Bias Incident/Graffiti/Image Protocol reporting structure is to assure that there are designated places to report incidents.
Anyone can report bias incidents/graffiti/images. When a student reports an act of bias to a designated office, the incident will be shared with one or more of the following offices.
- The Dean of Students Office
- The University of Connecticut Police Department or the State Police
- Community Standards
- Office of Institutional Equity
- Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs (AVPSA), via other relevant staff members. Incidents may also be reported to Residential Life, Cultural Centers, or student organization advisors. Staff in these areas should report the incident to their Directors and AVPSA’s.
- Regional campus students should report to the Director of Student Services:
- Avery Point (860) 405-9024
- Hartford (860) 570-9083
- Stamford (203) 251-8484
- Waterbury (203) 236-9800
Bias incidents/graffiti/images may indicate a need for education in our community in order to remedy harm done, and to provide opportunities for reflection and growth.
Appropriate staff and faculty will work with students to plan timely, educational opportunities that are reflective of diverse learning styles, and address relevant issues from multiple perspectives.