Xavier University is committed to creating and sustaining an environment in which all of the members of our community are welcomed, respected and supported. Bias-related incidents and hate crimes are contrary to the very mission of the institution and are destructive to our community.
Xavier's Bias Advisory and Response Team (BART) is a collaborative advisory group that provides communication and awareness raising in response to reports of bias-motivated incidents on campus. BART also provides support for individuals or communities who may be impacted by bias incidents. Xavier's student conduct process, facilitated by the Dean of Students office, is the process through which students may be held accountable for engaging in bias-motivated behavior. BART does not engage in the student conduct or sanctioning process.
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 victims and social identity groups. Acts qualify as bias acts even when delivered with humorous intent or presented as a joke or a prank.
Examples of Bias Incidents
Hate by itself is not a crime. A hate crime is a traditional criminal offense like murder, arson, invasion of privacy or vandalism with an added element of bias towards a federally protected class of people. For the purposes of collecting statistics, Congress and the Clery Act collectively define hate crime as a "criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender's bias against a race, ethnicity, gender, religion, economic status, national origin, disability, age or sexual orientation." Hate crimes will be referred to campus or external police. [Adapted from Davidson University]