Bias incidents refer to conduct, speech, images, or expression that demonstrate behavior which targets individuals or groups based on, but not limited to, the protected statuses named in the SJU Non-Discrimination Statement, as well as other social identities and life experiences.
Hate crimes, which the University tracks and reports in compliance with the Clery Act, are any crimes that manifest evidence that a victim or group was selected because of actual or perceived race, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, or disability. A hate crime is not a separate, distinct crime, but is the commission of a criminal offense which was motivated by the offender’s bias. 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 Saint Joseph’s University Non-Discrimination Statement prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex/gender, race, age of 40 or over, color, religion, national origin, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, marital status, and military and military veteran status, and any other status protected by law in the administration of its admission, educational, financial aid, employment, athletic, or recreational policies or programs.
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 any category included in the University’s Non-Discrimination Statement.
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. Discrimination and harassment, as well as the University’s procedures for addressing discriminatory or harassing behavior, are described in the University’s Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation.