Stop Bias

While valuing freedom of thought and expression, Florida International University is committed to creating an inclusive living and learning community that celebrates differences, values each student, and fosters an atmosphere of civility and respect. 
 

What is bias?

A bias incident is an act of bigotry, harassment, intimidation, coercion, or damage to property by known or unknown perpetrators that occurs on the Florida International University campus or within an area that impacts the FIU community. These can be associated with negative feelings and beliefs with respect to others race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, political affiliation, disability, veteran status, club affiliation or organizational membership.

 

Actions that violate the Student Conduct and Honor Code

The FIU Student Conduct and Honor Code (Section 5(p)(2)) on Personal Abuse covers incidents of bias. This section states: Conduct that is based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, age, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, genetic information, veteran status or any group/class protected by federal or Florida law sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent (when viewed both from a reasonable person in similar circumstances and the person in question) that a person would be adversely affected to a degree that interferes with or limits their ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the University.

Reporting incidents of bias

 

Definitions

  • Hate Crime
    Hate Crime is a committed or attempted criminal act by any person or group of persons against a person or the property of another person or group, which in any way constitutes an expression of hatred toward the victim because of their personal characteristics, including: 
    • race/color
    • gender/gender identity
    • religion
    • ethnicity/ancestry/national origin
    • sexual orientation
    • age
    • mental/physical disability
    • homeless status

How to Prevent and Stop Bias

There are many ways to prevent and stop bias on campus. If you hear or see something that might be offensive, take action. Here are some examples of how you can help change campus culture:

  • Challenge people to say what they mean. For example, when someone says “that’s so gay,” you could ask them if they really mean “gay” or if they were using that word to mean “stupid” or “weird.”
  • Avoid comments like “You're so well-spoken for a ____ person", "You don’t act like a normal ____ person”, “You sound so white!”, “Where are you really from?”, "I couldn't even tell you were gay." These comments may seem harmless to some but microaggressions like these can make individuals feel uncomfortable, frustrated, or out of place. As FIU faculty, staff, and students our goal should be to make sure that all students feel welcome on our campuses.
  • Engage others in dialogues and be willing to share your personal experiences in order to help others learn more about something they may not know much about. Having civil discussions about our different experiences, ideologies, and interests is essential to creating harmony in our community.
  • Practice active listening by listening to others with an open mind.
  • Step outside of your comfort zone by attending programs and events that highlight topics or issues that make you uncomfortable or that you are unfamiliar with.
  • Speak up when you see or hear something that is bias-related. No student should be discriminated against on our campuses.
  • Report and encourage others to report bias-related incidents to the Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity

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Contact

Dean of Students Office
GC 219 (MMC) or WUC 325 (BBC)
305-348-2797
dos@fiu.edu

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm