Edmonds College is committed to fostering a safe, welcoming, and inclusive campus
community for all students and staff to learn and work. We need your help creating
an environment where others can thrive without fear of hate or bias so that we can
Bias-Based Incident: A behavior or act - verbal, written, or physical - which is personally
directed against or targets an individual or group based on perceived or actual characteristics
such as age, citizenship, color, creed, disabilities, ethnicity, gender identity,
or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, immigrant status, marital status,
national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, use of service
animal, veteran/military status, and other aspects of an individual or group’s identity
which includes but are not limited to physical appearance, homelessness status or
A biased actdemeans, intimidates, and/or threatens individuals, members of the group, and the
community. Behavior or an act reflecting bias committed by students may constitute
a violation of the Edmonds College policies and the Student Code of Conduct. A behavior
or act reflecting bias committed by employees may constitute a violation of Edmonds
College Nondiscrimination and Harassment Policy and Edmonds College Workplace Civility
and Respect Policy.
Biased incidents include but are not limited to: intimidating or threatening telephone
calls, emails (including US and campus mail), texts, social media platforms, harassment,
graffiti, bullying, threats, vandalism, damage or destruction of property, the use
of oral or written expression of bias involving degrading language or stereotypes
if there is evidence that the target or victim was chosen because of a characteristic
such as those listed above.
What might a bias incident look like? Bias incidents vary in what they ‘may look like,’
and there is no way to describe all the ways bias may appear on campus. Examples of
bias incidents are:
Comments that express harmful stereotypes about the above categories, e.g., racial
Graffiti or literature that expresses bias against the above categories, e.g., sexist
or racist language or images (Note: If the graffiti constitutes criminal vandalism
or property damage, it can constitute a hate crime.)
Language and imagery that objectify women
Intimidating or threatening telephone calls, emails (including US and campus mail),
texts, social media platforms
A hate crime is a criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole
or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation,
ethnicity, gender, or gender identity. Hate Crimes — FBI
The college is committed to creating a safe learning environment for all its members.
Reporting incidents of bias, hate, harassment, or discrimination creates awareness
and influences change on campus. It also allows individuals to share their experiences
and determine what next steps are available to them.
Yes. To increase the likelihood of students, staff, and faculty submitting reports,
we created an online report form that can be submitted anonymously. We want to obtain
information regarding our students' experiences, and this tool is a mechanism for
accomplishing that goal. We cannot respond to anonymous reporters, but we welcome
the contribution to collective knowledge.
When reporting online or by telephone, please give as much information as possible.
The right to privacy is strictly upheld for all parties. We will not freely share
your identity with anyone without prior permission, but we cannot guarantee absolute
anonymity. We will not disclose student records without prior written consent, with
few exceptions, as defined in CFR § 99.31(a)(8), § 99.31(a)(10), § 99.31(a)(15), or
any other provision in § 99.31(a). Please consider that data collected by the college
is subject to public records requests, and students have the right to review their
educational records (See Release of Records: WAC 132U-280-030).
Retaliation by, for, or against any participant (complainant, respondent, or witness)
is expressly prohibited. Retaliatory action of any kind taken against individuals
as a result of seeking redress under WAC 132U-300-030 or serving as a witness in a
subsequent investigation dealing with harassment/discrimination is prohibited and
is conduct subject to discipline.
A member of the Bias Response Team (BRT) will review the report and determine the
next steps. You will receive a reply stating that we have received the report. The
information will be maintained in our database, providing an overall picture of what
our students, staff, and faculty are experiencing. If you want to discuss the matter
further and provide contact information, we will contact you to gather more information
and provide resources as needed. The committee or designee will determine what kind
of follow-up activity may be called for, such as asking facilities services to remove
graffiti or reaching out to the affected individual, department, or community to provide
It is important to note that the Bias Response Team (BRT) is neither an investigative
nor an oversight body. In the vast majority of cases, it will be entirely up to the
person making the report to decide if they want to have a formal investigation initiated.
If you submit a report and provide contact information, the team or designee can let
you know your options for having the matter investigated and give information on relevant
resources. In rare instances, we may be compelled by law to report a matter to the
appropriate investigative body (Student Conduct, Title IX). This would be most likely
if the safety of a minor appears to be at risk or a direct threat of violence has