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Bias/Hate Incident Response

Reporting a bias/hate incident or crime

We've got definitions, instructions, and contact information for you to learn what bias/hate incidents or crimes are, and support you in getting help if a bias/hate incident occurs.

Bias/hate incident

Something a person does, says, or otherwise expresses that is motivated by bias as a contributing factor (regardless of whether the act is criminal). The bias can be against race, religion, skin color, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, or ancestry.

Bias/hate crime

A bias/hate incident that has risen to the level of a criminal offense motivated by bias either in whole or in part.

Who should report

Any person aware of a bias/hate incident or crime can and should report it. This includes the person at whom the behavior was directed, as well as friends, advocates, or witnesses.

What to do

  • If a bias/hate crime is happening now or just occurred and someone is hurt or in danger, call 911.
  • If a bias/hate incident has occurred outside of business hours, call UWEC Police at 715-839-4972.
  • If a bias/hate incident has occurred during the business hours of 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., call the Dean of Students office at 715-836-5626 or visit them in Schofield 240.
  • Any time of day, use this online bias/hate incident link to file a report.

What happens next

After a report is filed, the Bias Incident Response Team will review it and determine the next steps. The team includes:

  • Christopher Jorgenson (chair) | Gender & Sexuality Resource Center
  • Deb Newman | Housing and Residence Life
  • Dennis Beale | Blugold Beginnings
  • Joe Abhold | Dean of Students
  • Mike Knuth | Integrated Marketing and Communications
  • Teresa O'Halloran | Affirmative Action

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.

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