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What is a Bias Incident?

Bias incidents are acts or behaviors motivated by the offender's bias against age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

While these acts do not necessarily rise to the level of a crime, a violation of state law, university policy, or the Student Code of Conduct, a bias act may contribute to creating an unsafe, negative, or unwelcome environment for the victim; anyone who shares the same social identity as the victim; and/or, community members of the University (*Note: Non-discrimination language is taken from OSU Human Resources; http://hr.osu.edu/public/documents/policy/policy110.pdf).

What is a Hate Crime?

A hate crime is a criminal offense committed against a person or property which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender's bias against a race, gender, religion, disability, ethnic/national origin groups or sexual-orientation (*Note: Per the U.S. Department of Education’s, The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting).

What if I am the Victim of Bias?

If you believe you have experienced bias, in violation of the University's Equal Employment and Educational Opportunity policy (PDF) or have been the target of activity that constitutes a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, then please click the button below:

Report an Incident

You May Also Contact Any of the Following:

Columbus Campus:
Smaller Campuses:
  • ATI/Wooster: Ruth Montz, Student Services, Coordinator, montz.11@osu.edu, 330-287-1247
  • OSU Lima: Shane McCrory, Director of Student Life, mccrory/6@osu.edu, 419-995-8266
  • OSU Mansfield: Donna L. Hight, Ph.D., Chief Student Life and Retention Officer, hight.6@osu.edu, 419-755-4317
  • OSU Marion: Shawn Jackson, Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives, Jackson.368@osu.edu, 740-725-6219
  • OSU Newark: Vorley Taylor, Multicultural Affairs Program Manager, taylor.1051@osu.edu, 740-366-9443

What if I am the Victim of a Crime?

If you believe you are the victim of a crime, contact the Columbus Campus, Ohio State Department of Public Safety Police Division and, if appropriate, other local police agencies immediately, so that the matter can be addressed and support services made available.