Bias incidents are any behaviors that target individuals or groups based on their actual or perceived group identities, such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, socioeconomic background, age, religion, disability, etc.
While it isn't always easy to recognize, bias can be present in the classroom and workplace and often stems from fear, misunderstanding, hatred, and stereotypes.
Even when offenders are not aware of bias or do not intend to hurt anyone, bias may be occurring that is worthy of a response and can serve as an opportunity for education.
Bias-related incidents, while unacceptable and intolerable, do not meet the necessary elements required to prove a definable hate-related crime. However, bias-related incidents take away from the inclusive community to which Coastal Carolina is committed and therefore must be addressed to provide support, intervention or education.