What is a bias related incident?
A bias-related incident refers to language, images or behaviors that demonstrate bias against another person based on his or her membership in a group, based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or religion. A bias incident can occur whether the act is intentional or unintentional, and may or may not be a legal act.
What is the importance of reporting?
Reporting and addressing bias incidents is one way in which Hood College can promote education and awareness of the value of diversity and inclusion in our community. It also ensures that we hold each other accountable for upholding our community values and treating one another with dignity, professionalism, and respect.
The college values freedom of expression and the open and respectful exchange of ideas. Differing viewpoints do not necessarily constitute bias.
Who receives the report?
The report is received by the Director of Campus Safety or their designee. The Director will immediately review all reports and direct them, as needed, to the appropriate office for action. Offices may include, but are not limited to:
- Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
- Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
- Executive Director of Human Resources
- Director of Wellness
The Director of Campus Safety or their designee will also act swiftly to ensure that immediate attention and care are provided to those impacted by an alleged bias incident. They will also help coordinate communication with the campus community as needed and as appropriate.
What follow-up communication can I expect?
You will receive immediate electronic confirmation that your online report has been received. Within 24 hours of receiving the online report, the Director of Campus Safety or their designee will contact you to clarify next steps and/or request additional information. Should the incident warrant it, a campus-wide notification may be submitted. This determination will be made by the Senior Team.
What if I choose to remain anonymous? Will my privacy be protected?
Your confidentiality and trust are very important to us. We will make every effort to respect your privacy. Please be aware, however, in certain circumstances involving safety or criminal action, we may not be able to guarantee complete anonymity. Regardless of the situation, matters are generally handled discretely and in conformity with College privacy policies, and information about individuals or situations will only be shared with authorized individuals with a legitimate need to know. Hood College also has strong anti-retaliation policies that protect individuals who report incidents or cooperate in an investigation.
What can I do to help advance a culture of inclusion and respect on campus?
Contact the Director of Student Engagement and Orientation to share ideas for on-campus programming and to discuss existing or new student organizations of interest to you. You may also discuss your ideas with a faculty member or administrator.