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The campus community at UW-Stout is committed to ensuring an inclusive and welcoming environment for students, staff, and faculty, and strives to provide a safe place for all to work and learn. Toward that end, the campus Bias Incident Response Team is one of many initiatives at Stout that reflect our commitment to a safe, inclusive and thriving campus community.
We are a university that welcomes all ideas and a place where people can be themselves. The students and staff at UW-Stout appreciate the diversity of humanity and reject prejudice, discrimination, and acts motivated by hate.
What is a bias incident? What is a hate crime?
Bias incidents and hate crimes are acts motivated by bigotry and/or hate based on the victim’s actual or perceived race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion or disability. Hate crimes are those acts that violate criminal law, such as violence or vandalism; many crimes carry more severe punishments if the motivation for that crime is proven to be hate. A bias- or hate-motivated incident, such as the use of hate speech, may not be a crime, but may violate campus policies and codes of conduct.
What should I do if I'm a victim or witness of a bias incident or hate crime?
In order to fulfill UW-Stout’s commitment to a safe working and learning environment, University Police and the Administration need to know when a bias incident or hate crime occurs. You can report a bias incident or hate crime as a witness or a victim.
Although it’s most helpful to know who is making the report, you can remain anonymous. The report you make below will go directly to the Bias Incident Response Team and University Police for follow-up. If you prefer to make a report in person, you can contact University Police directly (715-232-2222) or you can contact a member of the Bias Incident Response Team. No incident is too small to report, especially if it is part of a larger pattern.
To report a crime in progress, call police or 911
Please preserve any evidence until police arrive
What will happen to my report?
If you choose to file a report, you do have the option to remain anonymous. The report will come before a team of professionally trained individuals to determine the appropriate response to each specific event. The campus response team will:
UW-Stout has a zero tolerance for incidents of bias in any form, and asks for the cooperation of the campus community in monitoring campus climate by reporting all bias incidents.
The Bias Incident Response Team is chaired by Joan Thomas, Dean of Students, and consists of members who have been trained in bias incident prevention training and response by the Stop the Hate professional training program. Currently, trained members of the campus team are Joan Thomas, Dean of Students; Deb Shefchik, Associate Dean of Students; Julie Miller, LGBTQ Program Coordinator; Lisa Walter, Chief of Police; and Barb Miller, Director of Multicultural Student Services.