Bias Activity: is conduct, verbal or written speech, images, or expression that demonstrate conscious or implicit bias, and which a reasonable person could reasonably experience as hurtful, or which targets an individual or group because of that individual or group's actual or perceived “sex/gender, race, age of 40 or over, color, religion, national origin, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, marital status, military and military veteran status, and any other status protected by law” (categories from SJU Non-Discrimination Statement). The expression of an idea or point of view may be offensive or inflammatory to some, but may not be  determined to be Bias Activity. Whether something is Bias Activity is determined through a process based on a combination of the subjective feelings of the recipient/target of that activity and the objective “reasonable person” standard.

Discrimination or Harassment: is conduct in violation of the University's Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation. Discrimination is any unlawful distinction, preference, or detriment to individuals as compared to others in the terms or conditions of their employment or education on the basis of a protected category status. Harassment is verbal, written, or physical conduct directed toward an individual due to that person’s protected category status that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual’s work or academic performance or otherwise creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment. Further definitions on Discrimination and Harassment, including Sexual Harassment, can be found within the Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation ( Both Discrimination and Harassment fall under the broader category of Bias Activity.

Hate Crime(s): is a criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity. Hate crimes are illegal and subject to prosecution. It is important to note that all hate crimes are bias incidents, but not all bias incidents are hate crimes. The University tracks and shares reportable hate crimes in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. For more information see: Hate Crime(s) fall under the broader category of Bias Activity.