Hate and Bias

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 involve:

  1. result in injury, however slight;
  2. include verbal threats of violence that apparently can be carried out; or
  3. result in property damage.
What is 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.
What does it look like?

Examples of 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

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


Relevant policies and guidance
How can HDAPP help?


HDAPP works to prevent hate and bias through education. With its focus on prevention, HDAPP emphasizes education and includes discussion of hate and bias incidents in all harassment and discrimination programming for student groups, classes, staff and faculty upon request.  We also are happy to work with our campus partners such as the Diversity Education Program and the Student Life Centers to provide programming that addresses broader issues of implicit bias, campus climate, and more. 

HDAPP also offers print and electronic materials.  You can see some examples here.  If you would like to obtain multiple copies to distribute in your department or group, please contact us for information on ordering.  


HDAPP is available to receive complaints of hate and bias from anyone affiliated with UC Davis. If you believe that you or someone you know has experienced a hate/bias incident or if you have questions or want to consult, please contact us. We’ll be happy to speak with you about your concerns and offer clarification, support and resources.  We believe strongly in helping people make their own informed decisions about whether, where and how to report situations of concern. 

Incidents of hate and bias can also be reported online at http://reporthateandbias.ucdavis.edu, and these reports are directed automatically to HDAPP.  We will discuss these issues with other members of the Discrimination Case Management Team and attempt to address and remedy them as quickly as possible.  Depending on the information provided in the report, we will contact the reporting party to get their input into the decisions about next steps.  All such reports are logged into our records in order to keep track of the types and locations of such incidents.  As we are able to identify trends, we work with campus partners (including the UCD Police Department) to bolster the campus’ prevention efforts.

 HDAPP also offers an anonymous call line at (530) 747-3865. Any member of the UC Davis community can call this number anonymously to share concerns about hate/bias at UC Davis and to discuss resources and options.  As long as you don’t provide any identifying information about the person who may be engaging in the conduct, your conversation with HDAPP can be completely confidential.   Please note: Under UCD policy, Designated Officials (supervisors, managers and faculty) cannot guarantee confidentiality if they are aware of the parties involved.