COVID-19 Bias and Discrimination

Amidst COVID-19, identity-based bias and discrimination have continued and have appeared in new and different formats.

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What is Bias?

Bias is personal, unreasoned judgment or attitude that inclines an individual to treat someone negatively because of their real or preceived 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).

IMPORTANT

Bias is a comprehensive term - unlawful discrimination and discriminatory harassment are smaller categories of behaviors that can create a violation of university policy.

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
    • Verbal
    • Written
    • Images
    • Physical
  • In classroom environments
    • Discussion boards
    • Assignments
    • Grading
  • Through virtual channels
    • Social media
    • Texting
    • Email

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.

Contact the Office of Diversity Equity, & Community Engagement (ODECE)

Submit an online report to the Bias Incident Response Team

Students: 202-994-7434

Faculty: 202-994-5884

Staff: 202-994-9656

If a case schould receive formal conduct follow-up, ODECE can refer to the appropriate offices.

Contact the Title IX Office

Submit an online report to the Title IX Office

202-994-7434

A member of the team will follow up. You may have the option for informal resolution or a formal disciplinary process.

Contact the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities

Submit an online report through the public incident report form

202-994-6757

[email protected]

A member of the team will follow up. You may have the option for informal resolution or a formal disciplinary process.

Resources

Colonial Health Center - CAPS (confidential)

Office of Advocacy and Support (confidential)

International Services Office

Sexual Assault Response & Consultation Team

CARE Network

Multicultural Student Services Center

GW Listens Hotline

 

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.