While bias incidents sometimes target specific individuals, they often violate an
entire group or community. The graffiti on the wall, defaced fliers, and anonymous
emails convey a clear message of intolerance. When a bias incident does target specific
individuals because of their race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation,
or other protected characteristic, even those persons not directly targeted may
feel at risk. Bias incidents create schisms within the community, and may create
hostilities and tensions between groups.
Often, no one knows who committed the bias-related act; the act is anonymous. However,
it is important that anyone who sees evidence of a bias incident report it. Collecting
accurate data about hate and bias incidents on campus aids the College in understanding
the climate of our community, designing services and programs for the campus, and
responding with quick and effective interventions to these incidents.
Reporting the incident may lead to an investigation, and if either a witness or
the investigation identifies the person responsible, the College can hold that person
accountable for their acts. When appropriate, a judicial response communicates a
clear message about the standards and behaviors that are acceptable at Randolph-Macon
The Office of Student Life takes bias incidents very seriously. You may report incidents
anonymously or you may contact someone in the Office of Student Life. Most important
is that Bias incidents be reported and addressed. Please fee free to contact our
office at anytime at 804-752-7318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.