Bias Incident Response
A bias incident is conduct, speech, or behavior motivated by prejudice or bias that does not rise to the level of a crime. This could include, but is not limited to, an individual interaction or an anonymous expression (such as a flyer/poster, graffiti, or defacing of property) that is suspected to be motivated by bias.
Shoreline Community College is deeply committed to equity and inclusion, and to creating a supportive and welcoming environment for all people. If you encounter or suspect a bias incident on campus, you are encouraged to use Shoreline’s bias incident form.
Response to Bias Incidents
Bias reports will be reviewed within two to four business days. Depending on the nature of the reported incident, the College may:
- Document and remove the material or graffiti
- Notify the campus
- Provide support and resource information to individuals or groups
- Coordinate support for community healing and educational outreach
- Assess avenues for minimizing or eliminating future incidents of bias
The bias incident form will not be used for formal investigation. Any incidents reported that may rise to the level of a policy violation or a crime (including, but not limited to, harassment, bullying, intimidation, physical/verbal threats or attacks, or hate crimes, as defined in RCW 9A.36.080) will be referred to the appropriate College process.
In order to increase the likelihood that individuals will submit information, the form may be submitted anonymously or with non-identifying contact information (such as a personal email account). We will not be able to respond to anonymous reporters to provide feedback or gather more information, but we welcome all submissions and will include them in our data collection efforts.