RESPONSE TO BIAS INCIDENTS
Marymount Manhattan College defines a bias incident as an act of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation involving a member of the MMC community that is directed at a member or group based on any of, but not limited to, the following:
race, color, ethnicity, nationality, economic background, age, physical/mental health or ability, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, height, size, weight, 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.
Bias-related incidents, while abhorrent and intolerable, are not necessarily crimes. Hate crimes are also motivated by bias, but they include a definable crime, such as: threats of violence, property damage, personal injury and other illegal conduct. A hate crime is an infraction of the law and will be addressed accordingly.
Note: All hate crimes are bias incidents, but not all bias incidents are hate crimes.
BIAS INCIDENT RESPONSE TEAM
The purpose of the Bias Incident Response Team is to assess and coordinate the response to bias-related campus incidents.
The Bias Incident Response Team will investigate reported bias-related incidents to determine whether an incident is bias-related, and to recommend appropriate outcomes for the incident, including the necessity of involvement from law enforcement or other outside agencies.
Bias Incident Response Team Members
- Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
- Assistant Dean/MMC Diversity Officer
- Title IX Coordinator
- Director of Campus Safety
- Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
- VP for Institutional Advancement (serving as PR representative)
- Faculty member, recommended by the Dean of the Faculty
- Director of Human Resources
Reporting a Bias Incident
Any member of the MMC Community may report an incident to any Bias Incident Response Team member either in writing or via MMC email. Once reported, an investigation of the incident will be conducted in a timely manner and appropriate actions will be taken.