Bias is a comprehensive term - unlawful discrimination and discriminatory harassment are smaller categories of behaviors that can create a violation of university policy.
Amidst COVID-19, identity-based bias and discrimination have continued and have appeared in new and different formats.
What is Bias?
Bias is personal, unreasoned judgment or attitude that inclines an individual to treat someone negatively because of their real or perceived protected characteristic (from the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Community Engagement).
What is Discrimination?
Unlawful discrimination is the adverse of an individual based on a protected characteristic, rather than individual merit (from the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Community Engagement).
Discriminatory harassment is any unwelcome conduct based on a protected characteristic where such conduct creates a hostile environment (from the Code of Student Conduct).
What is a Protected Characteristic?
Protected characteristics include age, color, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital or familial status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, and/or other characteristics protected by applicable law (from the Equal Opportunity, Nondiscrimination, Anti-Harassment and Non-Retaliation Policy).
Bias and Discrimination Can Occur:
- On- and off-campus
- In classroom environments
- Discussion boards
- Through virtual channels
- Social media
Reporting Incidents of Bias & Discrimination
It is important to note that you have the option to report incidents anonymously, and every report is handled with care and trust. Not all reports result in a formal conduct process.
If a case should receive formal conduct follow-up, ODECE can refer to the appropriate offices.
Contact the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities
A member of the team will follow up. You may have the option for informal resolution or a formal disciplinary process.
Colonial Health Center - CAPS (confidential)
Office of Advocacy and Support (confidential)
If the incident is an emergency or medical attention is required, call 911 immediately or report it directly to the George Washington University Police Department at 202-994-6111.