What is a Bias/Hate Incident?
A bias/hate incident is an act of conduct, speech, or expression to which a bias motive is evident as a contributing factor (regardless of whether the act is criminal).
Who can report an incident?
Any person aware of an incident, including the person at whom the behavior was directed, a friend, or advocate, or a witness.
A hate crime is a bias/hate incident that has risen to the level of a crime. All hate crimes are hate incidents, but not all incidents are crimes (Stop the Hate! Fighting Bias and Hate Crimes on Campus, Shane Windmeyer).
If the bias crime is in progress or just occurred and someone has been injured or is in danger: ALWAYS CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.
A bias incident can be reported as follows:
- During business hours, contact the Division of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Office, 8am to 4:30pm (715-836-5626), Schofield 240.
- After business hours, contact University Police (715-839-4972).
- At any time use the online incident reporting tool to file a bias incident report.
After a report is filed, the University's Bias Incident Response Team will review the report and determine an appropriate response.
The Bias Incident Response Team at UWEC is comprised of the following offices:
- Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
- Dean of Students
- Housing and Residence Life
- Office of Multicultural Affairs
- Affirmative Action
- Women's & LGBTQ Resource Center Director
On a case-by-case basis, the BIRT team also consults with students, faculty and staff from other UW-Eau Claire departments, programs and organizations who can help the team make the most informed response possible to a report of a bias/hate incident.