Bias incidents are acts of conduct, speech, or expression that target individuals and groups based on age. citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, geographic origin, language, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.
Bias incidents may violate the student conduct code, and other University policies or laws, while other acts of bias may be considered protected speech or expression. Pacific protects free expression of ideas, even if they are unpopular, because this is vital in promoting learning in an educational setting. Freedom of speech can sometimes protect controversial ideas and sometimes even offensive and hurtful language; however, it does not protect personal threats, discriminatory conduct or other acts of misconduct that violate the Student Code of Conduct, other University policies or relevant federal, state and local laws.
Acts of Hate
A "hate crime" is defined in California Penal Code Section 13023, which states in part "any criminal act(s) or attempted criminal act(s) to cause physical injury, emotional suffering, or property damage where there is a reasonable cause to believe the crime was motivated, in whole or in part, by the victim's race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or physical or mental disability."
Hate crimes may violate federal and civil statutes, and therefore, may be prosecutable if appropriate. Pacific's Office of Public Safety forwards Hate Crime Reports filed at the University to the Vice/Criminal Intelligence Unit of the Stockton Police Department for follow-up. The Vice/Criminal Intelligence Unit is responsible for compiling statistics on hate crimes and ensuring the data is reported in accordance WIhtstate guidelines. Public Safety is required to remain in compliance with the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act by including data on reported Hate Crimes.
Acts of Discrimination, Harassment and Discriminatory Harassment
The University prohibits acts of Discrimination, Harassment and Discriminatory Harassment by and against members of the Pacific Community such as faculty, staff and students, including hostile behavior that is engaged in on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin,
ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, veteran status,
sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender
expression or mental or physical disability.
To report an alleged incident or for more information about these acts, please refer to (go.pacific.edu/bias response).
To report an alleged student-related incident or for more information about these acts as they pertain to students, please refer to the Student Conduct Report Form found under Reporting an Incident.
To report an alleged employee-related incident or for more information about these acts as they pertain to Pacific employees, please also refer to the Human Resources website for University Policies and Procedures.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
For more information about Bias Response and Reporting, please see the Bias FAQ.