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:
- Slurs and epithets are used -- e.g., "ni****," "bean**" or "fa***t."
- Hate symbols -- or inflammatory symbols like nooses and swastika -- are used.
- 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.
- The target(s) believe the incident was motivated by bias.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Possible involvement by an organized hate group or its members -- e.g., students who are skinheads taunt Jewish peers.
- 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.