Bias Data

Bias is defined by the University as an act, verbal, written, physical, psychological, that threatens, or harms a person or group on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, military service or veteran status. Information provided is self-reported by individuals.

It is important to understand that while we have a working definition of what constitutes an act of bias, some alleged bias behaviors fall within the realm of free speech or a philosophical difference of opinion. We are committed to free expression while working with all parties to achieve outcomes that foster respect, affirmation, and learning.

The university can respond to alleged bias incidents in several ways, depending on the specifics of the alleged behavior:

  • Bring attention to the alleged conduct by communicating with the campus community or with the individuals impacted.
  • Extend support to the individual(s) or community targeted by providing counseling and outreach, and referral to appropriate campus resources.
  • Seek to hold accountable through the student conduct process the individual(s) allegedly responsible.
  • Leverage restorative justice practices between individuals or groups to affirm victim harm and perpetrator accountability.
  • Pursue other appropriate innovative responses to an alleged incident of bias.

July 2020 through June 2021

The following information provides data on bias reports submitted between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

Total Bias Reports Submitted: 90
Unique Bias Incidents: 62

Classification of Reporter
Student: 58
Staff Member: 16
Faculty Member:  6
Community Member: 6
Anonymous Reporter: 7

Disability: 5
Gender/Sex: 7
Military Status: 1
National Origin: 4
Political Beliefs: 0
Race/Ethnicity: 41
Religion: 11

Type of Bias
Academic/Classroom: 7
Graffiti/Flyers: 6
Online/Zoom Bombing: 11
Online/Email/Social Media: 48
In person/Personal interaction: 6
Student Organization: 3
Online Program: 2
Internship/Job: 1

Actions Taken
Graffiti/Signs Removed: 4
Community Outreach flyer: 4
Community Outreach emails: 15
Group meetings:  9
Referral to Employment Equity: 5
Referral to Student Conduct: 3
Individual support/conversation: 33
Referral/conversation with faculty or University office: 18
Follow up with RUPD: 12
Follow up with OIT: 13

July 2019 through June 2020

The following information provides data on bias reports submitted between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.

Bias Reports Submitted: 80
Unique Bias Incidents: 74 (multiple reports issued for certain incidents)

Classification of Reporter
Student: 32
Staff Member: 31
Faculty: 8
Community Member: 6
Anonymous/Unknown: 3

Alleged Bias Reported
Disability: 5
Gender/Sex: 3
LGBTQA Identity: 10
Military Status: 1
National Origin: 12
Political Beliefs: 2
Race/Ethnicity: 31
Religion/Creed: 14

Types of Bias Incidents
Academic/Classroom related: 9
Graffiti/Signs/Flyers: 24
Online Classroom Incidents: 3
Online/Social Media/Email: 21
Personal interactions: 17

Actions Taken
Removal of graffiti: 19
Community Outreach Flyers: 5
Community Outreach Emails: 2
Group Meetings: 4
Referrals to Employment Equity Office: 6
Referred to Office of Student Conduct: 2
Provided support and resources: 38