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Hate/Bias Incident Report

What is a hate/bias incident?  

A hate/bias incident is any physically or verbally harmful act that is motivated by (or appears to be motivated by, in whole or in part) any of the following factors: race/ethnicity, religion, national origin/immigration/citizenship status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, economic status, language, age, pregnancy or family/marital status, disability, veteran or military status, size, or any other identity status protected by University policy.

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 potential hate/bias incidents that occur on and/or off campus to UWL students or employees. The identity of the reporter and/or person(s) impacted will be kept confidential to the 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 any necessary further action. It is always the goal of the Hate Response Team to protect the wishes and needs of the reporter.

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 potential hate/bias incident should complete this form. You may fill out as much or as little information as you choose. The ability of the University to respond may be limited if key information is not provided and we are unable to learn more from the reporter. 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. If a crime was committed on campus, please call the UWL Police Department (608-789-9999 for emergencies; 608-789-9000 for non-emergencies). If committed off-campus, please call 911 for emergencies.

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 the 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.