A bias incident is an act directed against a person, group, or property, expressing hostility or bias on the basis of perceived or actual gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, or veteran status. Bias incidents may consist of verbal, written, graphic, and/or physical conduct such as epithets, jokes, graffiti, negative stereotyping, and threatened or actual physical assault. A bias incident may rise to the level of a hate crime as defined by state and federal law.
Please keep in mind that, simply because the expression of an idea or point of view may be offensive or inflammatory to some, it is not necessarily a bias-related incident. Providence College values freedom of expression and the open exchange of ideas and hopes that an effective protocol will contribute to an environment that encourages dialogue around challenging issues.
Rhode Island law defines the term “hate crime” as any crime motivated by bigotry and bias, including, but not limited to, threatened, attempted, or completed acts that appear after investigation to have been motivated by racial, religious, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or disability prejudice, or motivated by prejudice against a person who is homeless or is perceived to be homeless (Rhode Island Statute 42-28-46).