Evaluating Reports for Bias

The Bias Education Response Team uses the following criteria to access all reports submitted to identify bias; adopted from Teaching Tolerance: A Project of The Southern Poverty Law Center, “Identifying and Responding to Bias Incident.”

A report and the accompanying information must meet at minimum two of the following criteria to be assessed and determined that bias has occurred.

Note: All reports at a minimum must meet the following requirement:
4. The target(s) believe the incident was motivated by bias

10 Factors for Identifying Bias in a Report

You have a bias incident on your hands if:

  1. Slurs and epithets are used -- e.g., "ni****," "bean**" or "fa***t."
  2. Hate symbols -- or inflammatory symbols like nooses and swastika -- are used.
  3. The perpetrator(s) admit their conduct was motivated by prejudice or that they selected the target(s) based on their race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or other identity factors.
  4. The target(s) believe the incident was motivated by bias.
  5. The target(s) openly engage in activities related to their race, ethnicity, or other identify characteristics -- e.g., black students purposefully forming a coalition organizations; LGBTQ students tabling for Trans Remembrance Week.
  6. There's been prior news coverage of similar bias incidents -- i.e., Philadelphia Jewish Cemetery Vandalized In Wave of Anti- Semitism; the N word graffiti on garage door in Stamford, CT; killing of Indian engineer in Kansas; killing of Transwomen- Jaquarris Holland, 18, shot in the head in Louisiana.
  7. The acts are directed against members of groups whose presence in the community or school is opposed -- e.g., Mexican immigrant students in a community where nativist groups are active.
  8. Ongoing school or community conflicts may have initiated or contributed to the act -- e.g., in Jena, a bias incident involving nooses ultimately gave rise to off-campus conflicts and violence.
  9. Possible involvement by an organized hate group or its members -- e.g., students who are skinheads taunt Jewish peers.
  10. A pattern of incidents in which the targets and perpetrators are of a different race, religion, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation -- e.g. over a period of weeks, school records show a growing number of incidents involving conflicts between Latinx and Black students.