Frequently Asked Questions


What is a bias incident or hostile climate?

Any demeaning, derogatory, or otherwise offensive behavior directed toward an individual on the basis of sex, gender identity or expression, race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, ability/disability, or other group or personal characteristic may qualify as a bias incident or hostile climate action.

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What should I do if I experience or witness a bias incident?

You can file a report directly here. You can also contact on the office on the Resource List and submit a report in person. Your report will be directed to the appropriate office.

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Why should I report a bias incident?

Engaging in behavior that demeans any individual or group member is contrary to the values of the university community. Bias incidents and hostile climate actions divide our community, diminish an individual‘s sense of belonging and participation, and undermine the university’s goals of creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive community for all of its members. WSU needs your help in responding to these situations. The purpose of reporting is not to start a punitive action but to allow the university to address incidents and respond in other ways using education, speaking out, and/or other appropriate means. Any disciplinary measures will be initiated in compliance with university policies and in accordance with the law.

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How can I be assured my report is confidential?

Our intention is to treat all reports and information confidentially to the extent permitted by law. Only authorized WSU employees will see the information submitted. The confidential nature of the information will be emphasized to all employees receiving or responding to this information. If you want to speak with someone about the incident without having any follow-up, please speak to a counselor. Resources are listed on the resources list. You may contact Counseling and Testing Services. The bias response team members and other WSU employees may have an obligation to report and follow-up on information provided. Counselors also have an obligation to report any situations that indicate there is a danger of harm to self or others; suspected child abuse; and/or abuse of a vulnerable adult. Please report crimes to the University Police Department.

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