Bias | Hate Incidents
A pre-formed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their race, religion, ethnicity/national origin, or sexual orientation (FBI Hate Crime Data Collection Guidelines).
An event that has the effect of demeaning or degrading an individual or a group and is motivated in whole or in part by the perpetrator's bias against a particular group. Experiencing prejudice, stigma, or discriminatory attitudes and/or behavior.
Bias Crime/Hate Crime
A criminal offense committed against a person or property that is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender's bias against a particular group. (In addition to those mentioned above, other categories or identities may be protected depending on where the crime took place; local and state laws may vary and a federal offense may have been committed).
Bias Related Emergency
A bias related emergency is an event in which Public Safety or 911 should be contacted. Public Safety can be contacted by calling 402.554.2911. It is an event, motivated by bias or hate, which endangers, or could endanger, the health and safety of the target.
Bias Related Non-Emergency
A bias related non-emergency is a situation that is not life threatening and does not warrant a call to Public Safety or 911. This is a situation that is motivated by bias or hate, but does not require an immediate intervention. These incidents would be appropriate to be reported to the Bias Assessment and Response Team.
The Bias Assessment and Response Team
We take every report of bias very seriously and want to provide the appropriate support and follow up.
Please feel free to report any information that you may think is useful. The Bias Assessment and Response Team wants to gather information related to the experience of students, faculty, and staff. Reports may even include hearing comments that were offensive and bias related. All reports will help the BART make recommendations, or take action, to make our campus a safe environment for all.
The Bias Assessment and Response Team does not adjudicate Student Code of Conduct violations. The BART will help connect students, faculty, and staff to the appropriate resources as needed.
How to Report a Bias Incident
Reports will be reviewed in a timely manner. For emergencies, please contact Public Safety at 402.554.2911 or the appropriate police agency.
When reporting an incident you have the option of reporting it as "information only" or "request for follow up." Information only reports are intended to give the Bias Assessment and Response Team information on the student experience at UNO. These reports help BART keep a pulse on the campus climate. Things to report as information only would include hearing insensitive remarks or language not directed at an individual, noticing certain trends of bias that have not targeted a specific individual, etc. Please note that if a report is marked as information only there may be no follow up made to the reporter.
If you have experienced or witnessed a bias related incident, please mark it as a request for follow up. A member of the Bias Assessment and Response Team will follow up with you to connect you to any resources you may need. The BART member will inform you of options on campus and in the community to provide you with the support you may need.
Reports can be filed anonymously. However, if the report is filed anonymously it may limit the response the Bias Assessment and Response Team can have. Every effort will be made to keep your report confidential. However, the members of BART, as administrative agents in an educational institution, adhere to the laws and standards governing the disclosure of information to third parties both within and external to the University. Such information is only disclosed on an administrative need to know basis and only according to the relevant laws/policies that govern such disclosure.
If you believe you have been the victim/survivor of a crime please contact Public Safety or the appropriate police agency.
What Happens Once a Report is Submitted?
The reports submitted ultimately assist the Bias Assessment and Response Team in working with the appropriate departments on campus to work towards making UNO a more safe and inclusive environment.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is committed to maintaining an environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, that is fair and responsible – an environment that is based on one’s ability and performance.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha declares and affirms a policy of equal education and employment opportunities, and non-discrimination in providing services to the public. Therefore, the University of Nebraska at Omaha shall not discriminate against anyone based upon age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender-identity, sex, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran’s status, marital status, religion or political affiliation. The University of Nebraska at Omaha prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. This policy is applicable to all University administered programs including educational programs, financial aid, admission policies and employment policies.
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. Title IX applies to students, faculty, staff, or anyone present on campus regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, or disability status. The ban on sex discrimination includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking. Report known or suspected incidents immediately to UNO’s Interim Title IX Coordinator, Sarah Weil at 402.554.2120, email@example.com, or via the online reporting form. For more information, please visit UNO’s Office of Equity, Access & Diversity’s website.
Bias Assessment and Response Team Core Members
Jessi Hitchins (she/her/hers) – Director, Gender and Sexuality Resource Center - Chair
Jeff Knapp (he/him/his) – Instructor, Grace Abbott School of Social Work
Kristina Cammarano (she/her/hers) – Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Success
Patrick McNamara (he/him/his) – Director, International Studies Program
Trent Fredericksen (he/him/his) – Assistant Dean of Students
Ferial Pearson (she/her/hers) - Assistant Professor, Teacher Education
Birud Sindhav (he/him/his) - Professor, College of Business Administration
Tarika Burton (she/her/hers) - Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs