At Xavier, we define a bias motivated incident as unintentional or intentional acts targeted at a person, group or property expressing negative bias or hostility on the basis of perceived or actual gender, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, disability or age; bias incidents may consist of name calling, epithets, slurs, degrading language, graffiti, intimidation, coercion or harassment directed toward the targeted person or group. Bias acts often contribute to creating an unsafe or unwelcoming environment for individuals and social identity groups. Acts qualify as bias acts even when delivered with humorous intent or presented as a joke or a prank.

Further, any violation of the Code of Student Conduct motivated by a consideration (real or perceived) of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability is prohibited and will be treated more severely than a similar or related act in the absence of such motivation.

  • (1) Bias Motivated Physical Abuse/Violence. The benchmark sanction for physical abuse/violence may range from Suspension to Expulsion.
  • (2) Bias Motivated Harassment. Given the potential range of behaviors that constitute harassment, sanctions may range from University Probation to Expulsion and may include removal from University Housing.
  • (3) Bias Motivated Property Damage/Neglect. The benchmark sanction for bias motivated vandalism is University Probation to Expulsion and may include removal from University Housing.
  • (4) Other Bias Motivated Misconduct. Sanctions for a student who is found responsible for other bias motivated, misconduct may range from Warning to Expulsion.
  • Bias Motivated Incidents (Section 3.7.2.1)