Bias Incident Protocol

Biased Incidents Summary

Grand Valley State University is committed to providing students, faculty and staff with a campus environment that is safe and affirms diversity. As a result, GVSU has created a Biased Incidents Protocol to respond to threats to this core University value.

The Protocol explains that GVSU does not tolerate acts of intimidation, assault, battery, vandalism, destruction or defacement of property, stalking or other actions that violate criminal and/or civil laws, university policies and student behavior codes. When such actions appear to be directed at individuals because of their race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex/gender, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, religion, familial status, marital status, disability, age, height, weight or veteran status, they are considered to be acts of bias. Individuals are encouraged to report acts of bias by submitting your bias incident report online.

The following report summarizes the bias incidents that have been reported during Winter Semester 2010:

There were eleven (11) biased incidents reported to the Dean of Students Office during the winter semester 2010. All incidents occurred on the Allendale campus with 4 reported in housing areas, 3 reported in the Kirkhof Center, 2 reported in academic buildings, 1 reported in Kleiner, and 1 reported in the fieldhouse. Reports included 6 incidents regarding sexual orientation with one of those including race as well, 2 incidents regarding race, 1 incident regarding religion, and 2 incidents regarding ethnicity. Five incidents involved anonymous comments posted on public white boards or scrawled on a restroom stall wall, four incidents involved comments made by individuals, and two incidents involved vandalism to postings on bulletin boards. All reported incidents were investigated and appropriate follow-up actions were taken and support was provided to victim(s) and/or reporting individual.

The following report summarizes the bias incidents that have been reported during Fall Semester 2009:

There were sixteen (16) biased incidents reported to the Dean of Students Office during the fall semester 2009. All incidents but one (1) occurred on the Allendale campus with11 reported in freshman housing areas, 2 reported in the Kirkhof Center, 2 reported in upper-class housing areas, and 1 reported in an academic building. Reports included 9 incidents regarding sexual orientation, 3 incidents regarding race, 2 incidents regarding disability, and 2 incidents regarding gender. Nine incidents involved anonymous comments posted on public white boards or scrawled on a door, five incidents involved comments made by individuals, and two incidents involved vandalized posters. All reported incidents were investigated and appropriate follow-up actions were taken and support was provided to victim(s) and/or the reporting individual.

The following report summarizes the bias incidents that have been reported during Winter Semester 2009:

There were five (5) biased incidents reported to the Dean of Students Office during the winter semester 2009. All incidents occurred on the Allendale campus with 2 reported in freshman housing areas, 2 reported in the Kirkhof Center, and 1 reported on the bus. Reports included 3 incidents regarding sexual orientation with one of those including race as well and 2 incidents regarding race. Three incidents involved anonymous comments posted on public white boards or scrawled on a restroom stall wall and two incidents involved comments made by individuals. All reported incidents were investigated and appropriate follow-up actions were taken and support was provided to victim(s) and/or the reporting individual.

The following report summarizes the bias incidents that have been reported during Fall Semester 2008:

There were three (3) biased incidents reported to the Dean of Students Office during the fall semester 2008. All incidents occurred on the Allendale campus with 1 reported in a freshman housing area and 2 reported in academic buildings. Reports included 3 incidents regarding race with one also involving religion. All incidents involved anonymous comments posted on public white boards or scrawled on a restroom stall wall. All reported incidents were investigated and appropriate follow-up actions were taken and support was provided to victim(s) and/or the reporting individual.

The following report summarizes the bias incidents that have been reported during Winter Semester 2008:

There were six (6) biased incidents reported to the Dean of Students Office during the winter semester 2008. All incidents occurred on the Allendale campus with 4 reported in freshman housing areas and 2 reported in academic buildings. Reports included 3 incidents regarding sexual orientation with two of those including race as well, 2 incidents regarding race with one of those including religion and gender too, and 1 incident regarding religion. Most incidents involved anonymous comments posted on public white boards or scrawled on a restroom stall wall. All reported incidents were investigated and appropriate follow-up actions were taken and support was provided to victim(s) and/or the reporting individual.

The following report summarizes the bias incidents that have been reported during Fall Semester 2007:

There were eight (8) biased incidents reported to the Dean of Students Office during the fall semester 2007. All incidents, except one, occurred on the Allendale campus with 3 reported in freshman housing areas, 3 reported in upperclass housing areas, and 2 reported in academic buildings. Reports included 6 incidents regarding sexual orientation with one of those including political remarks too, and 2 incidents regarding race. Most incidents involved anonymous comments posted on public white boards or scrawled on stall walls in restrooms. All reported incidents were investigated and appropriate follow-up actions were taken to provide support to victim(s) and/or the reporting individual.

The following report summarizes the bias incidents that have been reported during Winter Semester 2007:

There were thirteen (13) biased incidents reported to the Dean of Students Office during the winter semester 2007. All incidents, except one, occurred on the Allendale campus with 5 reported in freshman housing areas, 4 reported in upperclass housing areas, and 4 reported in academic buildings. Reports included 8 incidents regarding sexual orientation with one of those including religious and two including political remarks too, 4 incidents regarding race, and 1 incident regarding hate comments/symbols. Most incidents involved anonymous comments posted on public white boards or scrawled on stall walls in restrooms. All reported incidents were investigated and appropriate follow-up actions were taken to provide support to victims and to confront identified perpetrators.

The following report summarizes the bias incidents that have been reported during Fall Semester 2006:

There were eighteen (18) biased incidents reported to the Dean of Students Office during the fall semester 2006. All incidents occurred on the Allendale campus with fourteen (14) reported in freshman housing areas, three (3) in academic buildings, and one (1) in an off campus housing area near campus. Reports included nine (9) incidents regarding sexual orientation, four (4) incidents regarding race, one (1) incident regarding sexual orientation and race, three (3) incidents involving hate symbols, and one (1) incident regarding religion. Most incidents involved anonymous comments posted on public white boards or scrawled on posters in living areas. All reported incidents were investigated and appropriate follow-up actions were taken to provide support to victims and to confront identified perpetrators.

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