Office of Intercultural Affairs

Identifying and Reporting Bias Incidents at Washington College

It is WAC’s goal to be a welcoming community for all students, faculty, and staff.

An informed awareness of the climate on campus is an essential part of our efforts to create a supportive, academic, residential, and professional environment for our diverse population. To this end, the College has a system for reporting incidents involving bias or hate.

Differences between Bias Incidents and Hate Crimes

Bias Incident – any act directed against a person or property that includes the use of slurs or epithets expressing bias on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression.

Hate Crime – a criminal offense expressing those same biases.

Examples of Bias and Hate Incidents

  • Defacing signs by using slurs or negative images associated with group identity
  • Graffiti or verbal epithets 
  • Violent acts 

Common College Campus Locations Where Bias Incidents Occur Nationwide

  • Residence Halls (almost half occur here)
  • Social Media
  • Off-Campus
  • Classroom

For more information:

-Click here for the long-form document

-Click here for the flow-chart