Report a Bias Incident

Definitions

Bias Incidents: Acts or behavior motivated by the offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, veteran status, ethnic/national origin groups or sexual-orientation group. 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.

Ohio State has always prized freedom of thought and expression, respect for multiple points of view, and the civil and open expression of these views. Thus, it is important to understand that bias acts or hate crimes do not include speech or behavior that an individual or the institution merely disagreed with or found offensive or even obnoxious. Indeed, only in a marketplace of competing ideas can the search for truth and knowledge be found.

Hate / bias crimes: 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, religion, disability, ethnic/national origin groups or sexual-orientation group. (per U.S. Department of Justice Hate Crimes Data Collection Guidelines)

If you are a victim of bias / discrimination

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

You may also bring this complaint to the attention of any of the following officials:

If you are the victim of a crime

If you believe you are the victim of a crime, contact the 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.

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