New name, same great servicesThe Hate-Bias Response Program is now Bias Incident Support Services (BISS). The program will continue to provide the same services to community members affected by a hate-bias incident.
Generally, hate-bias incidents are acts characterized by some expression of hate or bias against a particular group, or towards an individual because of their membership (or perceived membership) in that group. Hate-bias incidents may range from acts considered to be offensive to actions that cause harm.
Although hate-bias incidents sometimes constitute hate crimes or discrimination (as defined under the University's Non-Discrimination Policy), not all hate-bias incidents rise to the level of a hate crime or discrimination.
A hate crime is a criminal act (against person or property) that is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender's hate or bias towards a particular individual or group because of membership in that group (as defined by law).
You may report a hate-bias incident anonymously, however, the ability of the Hate-Bias Response Team to respond to anonymous reports is limited.
Yes, individuals who are not affiliated with the University of Maryland may complete an Incident Reporting Form here.
There are several opportunities to help stop hate and bias on our campus. Please visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's website, for information on diversity training, education and events.