Bias/Hate Incident Reporting

What is a Bias/Hate Incident?

A bias/hate incident is an act of conduct, speech, or expression to which a bias motive is evident as a contributing factor (regardless of whether the act is criminal).

Who can report an incident?

Any person aware of an incident, including the person at whom the behavior was directed, a friend, or advocate, or a witness.

What is a Bias/Hate Crime?

A criminal offense committed against a person which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against race, religion, color, disability, national origin, sexual orientation or ancestry. 

A hate crime is a bias/hate incident that has risen to the level of a crime. All hate crimes are hate incidents, but not all incidents are crimes.

Reporting Process

If the bias crime is in progress or just occurred and someone has been injured or is in danger: ALWAYS CALL 911 OR PROTECTIVE SERVICES (715) 346-3456 IMMEDIATELY.

A bias incident can be reported as follows:

  • During business hours, contact the Office of the Dean of Students, 8am to 4:30pm (715-346-2611), 119 Delzell Hall.
  • After business hours or to pursue criminal charges, contact Protective Services (715-346-3456).
  • At any time the online incident reporting form is available to file a bias incident report.


After a report is filed, the UW-Stevens Point Dean of Students will review the report and determine an appropriate response.