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What is a hate/bias incident?  

Any non-criminal act motivated, in whole or in part, by the victim's actual or perceived race, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or nationality.

How is a hate/bias incident different from a hate crime?  

A hate crime is any criminal act or attempted criminal act, motivated, in whole or part, by the victim's actual or perceived race, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or nationality.

For an act to qualify as a hate crime, two variables must be present: 1) A crime must take place; 2) That crime must be motivated by bias against characteristics included in federal, state and/or local statutes.

If you believe you have been the target or witness of a hate crime, call 911 immediately or contact our campus police at (608) 789-9999.

What is the purpose of this form? 

The purpose of this reporting form is to monitor the occurrence of hate/bias incidents both on and off campus. The identity of the victim/target will be kept confidential to the maximum extent possible under applicable state and federal law. Submitting this form may or may not result in criminal or university action, depending on the type of incident and the victim's willingness to take further action.

Why does UWL monitor hate/bias incidents?  

UWL views hate/bias incidents and all manifestations of prejudice or intolerance as antithetical to our mission as a university and a community, and as a threat to each individual's right to a safe learning and working environment. Therefore, all such incidents have to be addressed appropriately, which depends on the nature of the incident, the people involved, the location of the incident. Submitting this form will help us better understand our campus climate and help create an environment where everyone feels welcome.

Who should complete this form?  

Anyone who has experienced, witnessed, or learned of a hate/bias incident should complete this form. You may fill out as much or as little information as you choose, but in order for the University to respond most effectively, it is important to include as much information as possible. Please include your name if you wish to be contacted. If you are under 18 years of age and do not want to make an official police report, do not include your name on this form.

Please be aware that our reports may be subject to disclosure under Wisconsin’s Public Records law. Names of students are confidential, but employee names and other information may be made public if requested. If you do not wish to create a record that may be subject to disclosure or have any other questions or concerns please contact us by phone at 608.785.5093 or in person at 1120 Centennial Hall before submitting a report.

What other resources are available?  

You may also contact Student Life (785-8062) or University Police (789-9000) directly for help. If the incident occurred off campus, you may contact Student Life (785-8062) or City of La Crosse Police Department (785-5962). In case of emergency, or if someone's physical safety is at risk, please call the police immediately and fill out this form later.