Bias Incident Response Team

The University of Mississippi

Bias Assessment

While bias can take many shapes, it typically results in a state of emotional discomfort and insecurity for the victim. An incident that is motivated by bias may include such things as offensive conduct or language toward a person or group because of membership in a protected class. It may also include discrimination or expressions of disrespect motivated by bias or hate against actual or perceived race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.

Some specific examples of bias incidents include:

  • Making comments on social media about someone’s disability, ethnicity, race, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliations/beliefs
  • Writing on a white board about someone’s disability, ethnicity, national origin, race, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliations/beliefs in a biased manner
  • Taking down someone’s holiday decoration because of disagreement with the religion
  • Drawing or creating pictures that imitate, stereotype, or belittle/ridicule someone because of their gender, gender expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, faith, or political affiliation
  • Offensive graffiti or images/drawing
  • Posting or commenting on social media related to someone’s identity in a biased manner
  • Calling someone offensive, derogatory, or inappropriate names… (in person, in writing, on social media, white boards, etc.)