Bias Incident Reporting Form

Emergencies

If you are dealing with an emergency situation, or to report incidents that rise to the level of a crime, please call 911 or 360 650-3911 (Campus Police) and use this form later.

About the Reporting Form

The Bias Incident Reporting Form is one way for individuals to report incidents of possible bias, allowing Western to identify problems and trends in an effort to prevent future occurrences. Please tell us if you, someone you know, or a group within our University community, has experienced bias based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, veteran status, age, and/or marital status.

Western wants to address bias, harassment and discrimination within our community.  So that the appropriate people can respond and assist those who are targeted, we need to know what happens and how often.  By reporting incidents, you become part of the solution.

Use of the Bias Incident Report Form does not substitute for reporting incidents of discrimination or harassment directly to the Equal Opportunity (EO) Office.  Formal allegations of discrimination are investigated as set forth in the Discrimination Complaint Procedure.  An individual may choose to utilize one or both of these means of dealing with bias and discrimination issues.

What do we Mean by "Bias Incident"?

Bias incidents can be demonstrations of bias, hate, harassment, or discrimination against an individual or group because of the individual or group’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, veteran status, age, and/or marital status.  Demonstrations of bias can be in the form of language, words, signs, symbols, threats, or actions that could potentially cause alarm, anger, or fear in others, or that endanger the health, safety, and welfare of a member of the University community, even if presented as a joke.

The conduct underlying some bias incidents may be protected speech, but also violate Western’s commitment to civility and diversity.  In such situations, while protecting Constitutional rights, University staff may also exercise their right to speak and engage in educational dialogue.

Why Report a Bias Incident?

Reasons to report include:

  • So you or someone you know can receive support
  • So any damage to property can be repaired
  • So we can follow-up with any alleged perpetrators
  • So we can track campus climate and work towards improving it
  • So we can try to prevent further acts of bias
  • Because suffering in silence can be hurtful to you and not remedy the problem
Page Updated 07.30.2013