Syracuse University has recently launched a campaign in efforts to “STOP Bias” against infractions such as “displaying a sign that is color-coded pink for girls and blue for boys.”
According to their website, “[STOP Bias] provides the campus community with resources to help those who have been impacted by bias-related incidents on and around campus. Here you will be able to report bias, find support, and get involved with other community members to create a safe and welcoming environment for all.”
The website goes on to list numerous offenses such as “telling someone that they have to wear pants because they are man and a skirt because they are female,” displaying a sign that is color-coded pink for girls and blue for boys,” or using “the phrase ‘no homo’.”
Even an action as simple as “avoiding or excluding others” is considered bias to SU.
The university also informs students of other infractions such as “telling jokes based on a stereotype,” “name-calling,” and “posting or commenting on social media relating to someone’s identity in a bias matter.”
But the university didn’t stop there. They ensured that they warned students again saying, “making comments on social media about someone’s disability, ethnicity, race, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation/beliefs” can also be considered biased.
SU informs students that a bias crime is not necessarily a hate crime, saying, “bias-related incidents, while abhorrent and intolerable, do not meet the necessary elements required to prove a crime.”
“We believe that every student should be given a college experience that is free of crime, discrimination, sexual harassment, and any other violation. We strive to foster learning and growth in an environment that is safe and secure, and we lead the way with STOP Bias at Syracuse,” said the website.
Therefore, the university’s program offers a “Bias Incident Reporting Form” for students “who feel they have been the target of bias” or have witnessed any biased activity occurring at the university.
H/T: Campus Reform
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