Definition of bias: Single or multiple acts toward an individual, group, or their property that has a negative impact and that one could reasonably conclude is based upon an actual or perceived protected identity.
Protected identities include any of the following: Age, Disability, Gender, Gender Identity/Expression, Marital Status, National Origin, Race/Ethnicity, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Socioeconomic Status, and/or Veteran Status.
The above definition is used for reporting and statistical purpose only. It carries no independent sanctioning weight or authority.
Although the expression of an idea or point of view may be offensive or inflammatory to some, it is not necessarily a violation of law or university policy. The university values and embraces the ideals of freedom of inquiry, freedom of thought, and freedom of expression, all of which must be vitally sustained in a community of scholars. While these freedoms protect controversial ideas and differing views, and sometimes even offensive and hurtful words, they do not protect acts of misconduct that violate criminal law or university policy.