Bias Incident/Hate Crime reporting
Students and employees have the right to learn and work on a campus free of bias-motivated harassment.
South Puget Sound Community College has a strong commitment to creating an accepting and inclusive atmosphere for learning and working. Bias-motivated offenses will be dealt with as soon as they are reported.
A bias-motivated incident is an action in which a person is targeted merely by virtue of characteristics of their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, veteran's status, or disability. These include, but are not limited to, harassment and verbal slurs.
Some bias incidents rise to the level of hate crimes, which is a crime motivated in whole or in part by the offender’s bias toward the victim’s status. Hate crimes range from violent acts to threats to property destruction or vandalism.
Here’s how to report a bias incident or hate crime:
- Forms are available in:
Campus Security (building 25)
At any Safe Zone office
- Return the form to Campus Security:
By giving the form to any Safe Zone participant (offices)
Call (360) 754-7711, extension 3235 (you don’t have to leave your name)
You Can Report Any Incident of Bias.
Many victims of bias do not believe that the level of the incident warrants a report.
However, reporting bias incidents, even verbal slurs or graffiti that target people’s identities, can give us information about the types of bias incidents that are occurring on campus. With this information, the Safe Zone Team can make plans for intervention, raising awareness about specific issues, and disseminate information about referrals and victim support. By intervening in bias early, we can hopefully PREVENT hate crimes from occurring.