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Inclusive Community

Incidents of Bias, Discrimination, Harassment and Hate

Elon works in many ways to celebrate diversity and build a more inclusive community, but we recognize that incidents of bias and hate will occur to and by our community members.  When this happens, we want our students, staff and faculty to fully understand their options for support and redress.  First, it may be helpful to understand how Elon conceives of these terms.

Bias Incident

Elon takes its lead from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which defines a bias incident as "conduct, speech or expression motivated, in whole or in part, by bias or prejudice. It differs from a hate crime in that no criminal activity is involved." While hate crimes, if charged and prosecuted, will be dealt with in the court system as well as through our Elon policies, Elon will handle bias incidents through grievance procedures and educational programs.

Discrimination

Prohibited discrimination occurs when an individual suffers an adverse employment, academic or other decision based on protected categories.

Hate Crime

In North Carolina a hate crime is defined as any act prohibited by law that is motivated because of the victim's race, color, religion, nationality or country of origin.

Harassment

Conduct (including verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct) that denigrates or shows hostility against an individual based on his or her Protected Categories when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with his or her work or academic performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, or offensive working, living or learning environment. Prohibited harassment occurs when an individual suffers an adverse employment, academic or other decision based on protected categories.

Protected Categories

Age, race, color, creed, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran’s status.