Hate and Bias
Hate and bias incidents are acts of conduct, speech, or expression that target individuals and groups based on their real or perceived membership in a protected category or protected characteristic.
Bias incidents are non-criminal acts of conduct, speech, or expression that target individuals and groups based on certain protected characteristics. Some bias incidents may violate University policies, while others may not be severe enough to violate policy or may be protected expressions of speech.
These incidents become hate crimes when they:
- result in injury, however slight;
- include verbal threats of violence that apparently can be carried out; or
- result in property damage.
For additional information on Discrimination regarding your options and support resources, please see the Report Hate and Bias website.
What Does Hate and Bias Incidents Look Like?
Examples of explicit hate and bias incidents include:
- A public speaker who makes homophobic comments about members of the LGBT community
- Anti-Semitic or Islamaphobic flyers posted on campus
- Verbal insults directed toward a person of color
Reporting Hate and Bias Incidents
Some bias incidents may violate University Nondiscrimination policies, the Student Conduct Code or other University policies. Other acts of bias may not violate law or policy or may, in fact, be protected expressions of speech. Protecting freedom of expression, including controversial speech, and sometimes even offensive or hurtful words, is vital to our commitment to teaching and learning. Nevertheless, we encourage reporting bias incidents so the University can determine if policies have been violated and support persons who feel victimized.
Additional information, including instructions on how to report a bias incident, can be found at http://reporthateandbias.ucdavis.edu
UC Davis and UC ANR is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all students, faculty, and staff regardless of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, disability, or sexual orientation. We strongly encourage anyone who feels that they may have been the victim of a hate crime to contact the UC Davis Police Department. Any hate crime that is reported to another designated campus location (other than a confidential resource) will be forwarded to the UC Davis Police Department.
You may report hate crimes directly to the UC Davis Police Department (530-752-1727 [Davis], 916-734-2555 [Sacramento], or 911 for emergencies). You may also report online on the UCD Police Department Website.