Generally, bias incidents are acts characterized by some
expression of hate or bias against a particular group, or
towards an individual because of their membership (or
perceived membership) in that group. Bias incidents may
range from acts considered to be offensive to actions that
Although bias incidents sometimes constitute hate crimes
or discrimination (as defined under the university's
Non-Discrimination Policy), not all bias incidents rise
to the level of a hate crime or discrimination.
A hate crime is a criminal act (against person or property)
that is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender's hate
or bias towards a particular individual or group because of
membership in that group (as defined by law).
We welcome reports either anonymously or named and will provide support in every way we can. We also welcome sharing a contact email so that we can provide direct compassionate care and additional resources.
We welcome all individuals to report their experiences regardless of status. However, we focus our care on UMD community members who have been harmed.