Knowing how, where and when to respond to an incident or act of hate or violence is crucial, as is having the proper protocol in place to address the issue. At UW-Eau Claire, we have a system in place and we need the help of everyone on campus in promptly and effectively identifying and handling any incident that poses a threat to our community or our students or staff. Any action of a discriminatory nature, verbal, physical or otherwise, that is targeted at a person's race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation or ancestry is considered a bias/hate incident.
We have 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.
The incident report form is linked at bottom of this page.
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.
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.