​Hate/Bias Response Team (HBRT)

The UWSP Hate/Bias Response Team (HBRT) works to realize the UWSP commitment "to respect all regardless of race, ethnicity, age, class, gender, sexual orientation, physical abilities/qualities, religion, nationality, or any other differences" and "to provide all Pointers the tools needed to feel safe and included," as promised in the UWSP Inclusive Excellence Declaration.

The UWSP HBRT exists to collect information on hate and bias incidents affecting our campus community (generating reports, suggesting policy change and training) and to provide support for affected parties.

Report a Campus Incident

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 What We Do & Don't Do

What We Do & Don't Do

What we do:

  • Collect and compile incidents of hate/bias affecting the campus community
  • Contact incident reporter to offer support
  • Connect reporter/victim to resources
  • Determine if the incident was a hate/bias incident
  • Refer the case to the appropriate department for follow-up (Dean of Students, Human Resources, or academic department chair)
  • Make recommendations for inclusivity training
  • Inform administration and recommend policy revision through the year-end hate/bias report

What we don't do:

  • Investigate incidents
  • Determine guilt or innocence
  • Penalize perpetrators
  • Infringe on first amendment rights

 Process Description

Process Description

  1. After a report is filed, the UW-Stevens Point Dean of Students and the Hate/Bias Response Team will receive the report.
  2. When the report is submitted with the reporter's name (non-anonymous reporting), they will be contacted (usually via email) within 48 hours to discuss follow-up, support, and available resources.
  3. The Hate/Bias Response Team will review the report in a timely manner and conduct proper follow-up, referral, and reporting based on report details and further connections with the incident reporter.
  4. Names and identifying information of individuals involved with the hate/bias incident are always handled privately and are only shared with appropriate individuals who need the information for follow-up.

 Terminology

Terminology

When a hate incident breaks a law, it becomes a hate crime. Hate crimes include, but are not limited to, assault, arson, vandalism, harassment, threats to commit crimes, etc.

Hate/Bias Incident vs. Hate/Bias Crime

From the US Department of Justice website:

Hate Crime: At the federal level, a crime motivated by bias against race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability.

Bias or Hate Incident: Acts of prejudice that are not crimes and do not involve violence, threats, or property damage.

 First Amendment Rights Considerations

First Amendment Rights Considerations

Please note that not every incident that is deemed offensive will qualify as harassment, and, while offensive, it may not be determined to violate institutional or system policies.  Each incident will be individually evaluated to determine if it falls under the classification of harassment. Consideration will be given to protect First Amendment rights, the rights to free expression, and academic freedom.  Please note UW Board of Regents Policy document 14-6.

While we are not able to punish offensive acts that do not fall under harassment, we are able to track these incidents so as to:

  1. Provide support for victims
  2. Connect victims to support and resources
  3. Design programming, or recommend the design of programming, that addresses intolerance
  4. Recommend changes in university policy and procedure
  5. Identify patterns of bias/hate
  6. Share aggregate data on bias/hate incidents in our campus community
  7. Guide campus leaders in practices to assist in preventing future bias/hate incidents

Please note that incidents of bias and/or hate that are not protected under First Amendment freedoms may be subject to punishment by the proper authorities. As stated in Regent Policy Document 4-21, these include: 

  1. Violations of state or federal law
  2. Discriminatory harassment
  3. Sexual harassment
  4. True threats
  5. An unjustifiable invasion of privacy or confidentiality 
  6. An action that materially and substantially disrupts the function of an institution
  7. A violation of a reasonable time, place, and manner restriction on expressive activities

According to the US Department of Justice website:

Under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, people cannot be prosecuted simply for their beliefs. People may be offended or upset about beliefs that are untrue or based upon false stereotypes, but it is not a crime to express offensive beliefs, or to join with others who share such views. However, the First Amendment does not protect against committing a crime, just because the conduct is rooted in philosophical beliefs (US Department of Justice).

 Incident Reports 2020-2021

Incident Reports 2020-2021

 Incident Reports 2019-2020

Incident Reports 2019-2020

 Team Members

Team Members

  • Amanda Koch; Housing Assignments Coordinator/Office Manager, Residential Living; 715-346-3511
  • William Green; Multicultural Resource Center Coordinator; 715-346-3762
  • Dorothy De Boer; Professor of Sociology and Criminology; 715-346-3069
  • Katherine Clancy; Professor Natural Resources; 715-346-3429
  • Kelly Schoonaert; Associate Professor Health Promotion and Wellness; 715-346-2096
  • Sam Dinga; Diversity and College Access Director; Chair; 715-346-4076
  • Andy Held; Director of Disability and Assistive Technology Center; 715-346-3378
  • Brittany Hook; Assistant Dean of Students, Conduct; 715-346-2611
  • Trisha Lamers; Director of the Tutoring-Learning Center; 715-346-2150
  • Eric Roesler; Human Resources Director and Affirmative Action Officer; 715-346-3975
  • Lindsay Bernhagen; Director of the Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning; 715-346-3177 
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​Standing Against Racial Injustice - Letter from the UWSP Hate and Bias Response Team


Dear faculty, staff members, and students,

As members of the UWSP Hate/Bias Response team, we, too, are saddened by the death of George Floyd and the continued oppression of people of color. We hope that the increased awareness of the systemic racism in our society, and the heinous killings of people of color, brings about real change. Effective change can only happen when marginalized voices are central and where the unified goal is a safe, respectful, and inclusive community for all people.

In his statement against (systemic) racism, UWSP's Chancellor, Bernie Patterson, writes "at UW-Stevens Point, we stand with all our students, faculty and staff members, our community and our nation against racism. We respect differences and welcome diversity. We foster an inclusive environment. Standing together in the face of adversity unites us and strengthens our resolve to make the world better"

The Hate/Bias response team is one small part of working towards fostering an inclusive environment. The formation of this group, in 2018, was in response to a Student Government Association request. Our mission statement describes that we exist to collect information on hate and bias incidents affecting our campus community and to provide support for affected parties. Students can report incidents of hate or bias via a web link and receive further information and be connected with campus resources. Systemic racism is a well-entrenched problem. The documenting of hate and bias serves an important role in working to acknowledge where it exists, identify trends, and provide tangible information to help inform policy, education, and reform.

We stand in solidarity with our students, colleagues, and other community members of color who face systemic racism daily. We uphold the legitimacy of Black Lives Matter and recognize the historic importance of this movement. We believe in the right of the oppressed to protest injustice and demand equality without the threat of retaliation. We strive to exemplify these beliefs in our personal and professional lives.

Note: To reach the UWSP Hate and Bias Response Team (HBRT), please email uwsp- grp_hatebiasresponseteam@office365.uwsp.edu.

- Hate/Bias Response Team