Student Bias Incident Policy

At Bellin College we support the freedom for all to express their points of view and the open exchange of ideas. This is true even in situations where those points of view may run counter or potentially be inflammatory to some. However, freedom of expression does not give permission for anyone to engage in speech or behavior that is rooted in intentional displays of hate or to act on their biases in ways that intimidate or threaten the safety of other individuals.

To be considered a bias incident, the act is not required to be a crime under any federal, state or local statutes. Colleges and universities may handle bias incidents through grievance procedures, such as the student conduct process, or through educational programs to enhance awareness and enable prevention of such acts.

Bias incidents may be reported through our online form or in person the Director of Student Affairs and DEI.


STUDENT BIAS INCIDENT POLICY

PURPOSE: In order to flourish in an educational and work environment, all members of a college campus must feel safe and respected as equally valued members of the community.

SUPPORTING FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION: At Bellin College we support the freedom for all to express their points of view and the open exchange of ideas. This is true even in situations where those points of view may run counter or potentially be inflammatory to some. However, freedom of expression does not give permission for anyone to engage in speech or behavior that is rooted in intentional displays of hate or to act on their biases in ways that intimidate or threaten the safety of other individuals.

DEFINITIONS: A bias incident is defined in the policy as “behavior that is hostile, harassing, intimidating or discriminatory and is based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability or other difference.”

HATE CRIMES: A hate crime is any bias incident that involves a crime of violence, property damage or threat. According to deferral and Wisconsin laws, that can include:

  • Written graffiti on the side of a student’s car.
  • A social media post threatening to assault a specific individual because of their membership in a protected category.

While the majority of reported instances of bias-related actions on college campuses may best fit the definition of a noncriminal bias incident, hate crimes do happen on college and university campuses and must be reported to meet Clery Act requirements.

All bias incident reports are considered confidential. All parties, students, and employees are required to exercise confidentiality and privacy in relation to all verbal and written communications.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST: In the event of any conflict of interest which will be identified through self-declaration by any of the members, the individual will remove themselves from the bias incident investigation. The Director of Student Affairs and DEI (or designee) will rule on any challenges regarding conflict of interest.

POLICY: The actions of undergraduate and graduate/students are expected to be consistent with the standards of conduct, core values, and student foundational behaviors. Bias incidents affect the well-being and success of campus community members and contradict the professed values of Bellin College; thus the college has the responsibility to be proactive in preventing and being prepared to address the full range of bias incidents.
To be considered a bias incident, the act is not required to be a crime under any federal, state or local statutes. Colleges and universities may handle bias incidents through grievance procedures, such as the student conduct process, or through educational programs to enhance awareness and enable prevention of such acts.
The Director of Student Affairs and DEI (or designee) will be in contact with the student who has been accused of the bias incident within five business days of the report.

REPORTING OPTIONS: If you have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, there are several ways to submit a report:

  1. Students can use the online report form that is available. Once the form is completed and submitted, the Director of Student Affairs or designee will follow up.
  2. Students may submit a phone report by calling the Director of Student Affairs and DEI by calling 920-433-6656 during business hours. If one decided to leave a message, a call will be returned at the earliest possible time during the next business day.
  3. An in-person report can be made by scheduling a meeting with the Director of Student Affairs or Dean of Students and Allied Health Sciences

REASONS FOR REPORTING: While bias incidents sometimes target specific individuals, they often violate an entire group or community. Graffiti on the wall, defaced fliers, anonymous emails, and slurs or language meant to harass individuals convey a message of intolerance. By reporting such incidents, you help the college community to maintain a positive learning, living, and working environment.

BIAS INCIDENT PROCEDURES: This section describes what happens after a report is submitted.

  1. Once a report is made the Director of Student Affairs will meet with the individual student if the reporting student provided their name/contact information.
  2. The Director of Student Affairs will bring the report to the bias incident team, which includes the Director of Student Affairs and DEI, appropriate dean, Academic Advisor, and Student Success Coordinator to discuss any college policies or foundational behaviors that were violated. If other policies were violated the incident will follow the correct policy and procedures.
  3. The point of the bias incident team is to create educational opportunities for students. If there were no policies that have been broken the report will be dealt with in educational practice.
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