What is Bias Related Behavior?
Bias Related Behavior includes any verbal, nonverbal or written behavior toward an individual or group based upon actual or perceived identity characteristics including, but not limited to:
- race and/or color
- religion, faith and/or spirituality
- national origin
- sexual orientation
- socio economic status / social class
- marital status
- gender identity and/or expression
- group affiliation
- political affiliation
- cognitive, physical and/or developmental ability
- immigration status
- military and/or veteran status
- size and/or shape
Bias Related Behavior may cause psychological, emotional, spiritual, and/or physical impact not only to those who experience the incident, but also to members of the group and/or community to which they belong.
Bias Related Behavior can be intentional or unintentional, and may or may not require legal action.
*When considering whether an incident constitutes bias related behavior both the intention of the person or group engaging in the behavior as well as the extent of the impact on the individual and/or community will be taken into account.