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Bias Incident Policy

Catawba College defines a bias incident as an act of bigotry, harassment or intimidation involving a member of the Catawba community that is directed at a member or group based on any of, but not limited to, the following: race, color, ethnicity, nationality, economic background, age, physical/mental health or ability, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, height, size, weight, marital status, veteran status or religious practice. A bias incident can occur whether the act is intentional or unintentional. Speech or expression that is consistent with the principles of academic freedom does not constitute a bias incident. Bias-related incidents, while abhorrent and intolerable, are not necessarily crimes. Hate crimes are also motivated by bias, but they include a definable crime, such as: threats of violence, property damage, personal injury and other illegal conduct. A hate crime is an infraction of the law and will be addressed accordingly.

Note: All hate crimes are bias incidents, but not all bias incidents are hate crimes.

Reporting a Bias Incident
Any member of the Catawba Community may report an incident.

  1. Log into CatLink
  2. Click on the "CatWatch" link in the "Make a Request" box (located on both the "Home" and "Services" tabs

Once reported, an investigation of the incident will be conducted in a timely manner and appropriate actions will be taken.