Bias Incident Response

Syracuse University seeks to foster an inclusive campus community where all members feel welcomed and supported. The University is committed to responding quickly and thoughtfully to bias incidents on campus. Bias incidents are defined by the University as expressions of hostility against a person or property of another because of the targeted person’s legally protected personal characteristics, including their age, creed, disability, ethnic or national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, reproductive health decisions, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

This process applies to incidents reported through the STOP Bias portal. When the University receives a report of a bias incident, the following process occurs:

  1. The incident is reviewed by the Manager of Bias Response and Education or designee.
  2. If the incident is criminal in nature, the incident is referred to the Department of Public Safety.
  3. If the alleged offender is a faculty or staff member, the incident is referred to Equal Opportunity, Inclusion, and Resolution Services. If the alleged offender is a student the Manager of Bias Response and Education or designee reaches out to the reporting and impacted parties to gather more information and provide support.
  4. If the incident rises to the level of a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and if the impacted party (ies) would like the incident to be addressed as a Code violation, the case will proceed according to the process outlined in this handbook.
  5. Educational interventions may be most appropriate if the incident does not rise to the level of a violation of the Code, the impacted party does not want to initiate the conduct process, or there is not enough information to proceed.
  6. The University may decide to proceed with the conduct process without the assistance of the impacted party (ies) if the incident poses a threat to the campus community or impacts bystanders or the community at large.