"Skidmore defines a bias incident as an act of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation involving a member of the Skidmore community that a reasonable person would conclude is directed at a member or group within the Skidmore community based on race, color, ethnicity, nationality, economic background, age, physical and mental health or ability, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, or religious practice. A bias incident can occur whether the act is intentional or unintentional. Speech or expression that is consistent with the principles of academic freedom does not constitute a bias incident."
- Creating community responsibility and involvement
- Building an environment of mutual respect through education and dialogue
- Fostering an understanding of bias and its effects
- Responding to bias incidents and hate crimes on campus
Created in 2007, the Bias Response Group (BRG) grew out of Skidmore’s determination to foster an inclusive climate on campus after a series of incidents on campus and several campus-wide conversations calling for a formalized policy and protocol related to bias incidents. The committee is charged with responding to reported bias incidents by outlining the procedures and resources available to members of the campus community and by working with individuals, offices and organizations to develop programs aimed at eliminating harassment and discrimination directed against any member of the Skidmore community. The Bias Response Group is not responsible for investigation or disciplinary action.
We remind all members of our community that it is our collective responsibility to make Skidmore a place where all people and points of view are truly respected.