Welcome to the Colorado State University Bias Reporting System
Colorado State University takes great pride in its status as a land-grant institution, created to provide access to education to all who have a desire and will to learn. In alignment with this status and in pursuit of its goal to allow all University members to realize their full potential, CSU affirms and upholds the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In the words of our President and Chancellor Dr. Tony Frank, “This campus welcomes you, and we welcome your race, your culture, your religion, your gender, your heritage, your history, and your ideology.” Any act of hate or bias is intolerable and counter to the Principles of Community the University espouses.
What is the Purpose of a Bias-Related Incident Report?
Bias-related incident reports assist Colorado State University in monitoring the success of its goal to welcome, value, and affirm all of its members. These reports help the University to track trends and patterns and to address bias incidents via educational campaigns to improve University campus climate. When information is provided that identifies an individual or individuals in connection with reported behavior or a pattern of behavior identifies an actionable approach for the University, the appropriate office at the University will address the incident or incidents reported. If we are provided with contact information for the reporting party or impacted party someone from the appropriate office or resource will reach out to those impacted by the reported behavior. Once an outreach has been made there is no obligation for those who received the outreach to respond or engage in any formal communication if that is not what they are seeking.
Bias-related incident reports are not intended to replace existing processes for reporting and addressing acts of discrimination, harassment, or violence, including but not limited to, processes of the Office of Equal Opportunity, Student Resolution Center, Support and Safety Assessment, and the CSU Police Department.
What is a Bias-Related Incident?
A bias incident is any conduct, speech, or expression, motivated in whole or in part by bias or prejudice that is meant to intimidate, demean, mock, degrade, marginalize, or threaten individuals or groups based on that individual or group’s actual or perceived:
- Disability and Ability (physical, psychological and cognitive)
- Geographic background
- Citizenship or immigration status
- Genetic Information
- National origin or ancestry
- Gender identity and expression
- Sexual orientation
- Parenting and pregnancy status
- Veteran status
- First generation status
- Socioeconomic status
What is the Difference Between a Bias-Related Incident and a Hate Crime?
A hate crime is a criminal act committed against a person or property which is motivated by the offender’s bias against one or more of the following identities:
- Disability (physical, psychological, cognitive and chronic health)
- Gender identity
- Sexual orientation
Some examples of hate crimes include vandalism, assault, and arson. Hate crimes are against the law and must be reported. If you believe you have been the victim of a hate crime, please contact CSU police at 970-491-6425, or call 911 if there is an immediate threat to safety.
A bias-related incident differs from a hate crime in that no criminal activity is involved. A bias incident is any conduct, speech, or expression, motivated in whole or in part by bias or prejudice that is meant to intimidate, demean, mock, degrade, marginalize, or threaten individuals or groups based on that individual or group’s actual or perceived identity (see list above).
A bias-related incident may or may not be an indicator of unlawful discrimination or harassment depending on the behavior in question and whether the incident is directed specifically toward an individual or individuals, and if the recipient of the behavior belongs to a protected group. Matters of discrimination and harassment based on protected bases must be addressed by the Office of Equal Opportunity. If your concern is about unlawful discrimination or harassment, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-491-5836.
Please be aware, however, that just because the expression of an idea or point of view may be offensive or inflammatory to some, it is not necessarily a bias-related incident. The University values freedom of expression and the open exchange of ideas, including the expression of controversial ideas and differing views. While this value of free speech protects controversial ideas, it does not protect harassment or expressions of bias or hate aimed at individuals or groups.
How Do I Submit a Bias-Related Incident Report?
Any member of the University community can make a report about a perceived bias-related incident. If you believe you have experienced bias or have witnessed bias firsthand, please click here to fill out a bias-related incident report.
If you are in an emergency situation please call 911.
If you believe you have been the victim of a crime, bias-related or otherwise, please contact CSU Police Department at 970-491-6425.
If you or someone you know is experiencing an emotional difficulty or mental health illness, please submit information through Tell Someone, or call 911 if that person is an immediate threat to themselves or others.
Additional Resources on Hate Crimes and Bias
FBI’s Definition of Hate Crimes
Southern poverty Law Center
Teaching Tolerance “Identifying and Responding to Bias Incidents”
Campus Pride-Stop the Hate