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Defining Bias

What is Bias?

Bias is a natural inclination for or against an idea, object, group, or individual. It is often learned and is highly dependent on variables such as a person’s socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, educational background, gender expression, gender identity and religion. Biases can be conscious or unconscious – explicit or implicit. In addition, bias can be institutionalized into policies, practices and structures.

What is a bias incident?

A bias incident is any act that targets individuals or groups based on perceived or actual identity. To be considered a bias incident, the act is not required to be a crime under any federal, state or local statutes, nor does it have to violate University policy.

How can I report bias?

The University urges anyone who experiences or witnesses a bias incident to report it to BEST. If you are interested in reporting a bias incident, you can submit a incident report or contact a BEST member.

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