Guidelines for Reporting Bias-Related Confrontations and Incidents

The University makes a clear distinction between bias-related incidents prompted by intolerant behaviors and illegal discrimination based on issues of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, sexual preference, sexual orientation, marital status, and veteran status. Matters of discrimination in the identified categories are handled by the Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. See Appendix 1 of this document for reporting procedures.

Guidelines for Reporting Bias-Related Confrontations and Incidents

Student Life coordinates the University's response to reports of intolerance toward students that are specifically manifested as bias-related incidents. In defining intolerant behaviors constituting bias-related acts, the following definition is used:

An act of intolerance is any attempt to injure, harm or harass a person because of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, gender, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, familial status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status or ex-offender status.

  • Such behavior includes acts or attempts that may pose physical or psychological harm or threat to individuals, groups, the University or the community.
  • An act of intolerance differs from other acts of intimidation or criminal behavior because it is motivated by hatred of the characteristics or beliefs of the victim. Acts of intolerance are conscious, deliberate behaviors in contrast to insensitive acts, which may be the result of lack of awareness.

Summary of Guidelines for Reporting Bias-Related Confrontations and Incidents

Students are encouraged to report all types of bias-related incidents precipitated by intolerant behaviors.

  • In the case of physical confrontation or injury resulting from a bias-related incident, contact University Police immediately at 716-645-2222.
  • For all other bias-related incidents, call Student Life at 716-645-2982.

The Vice President for Student Life or representative will immediately:

  • Contact University Police and Student Conduct and Advocacy, which will assume responsibility for managing the reported incident.
  • Collaborate with University Police and Student Conduct and Advocacy in assessing the situation, determining whom to call, and identifying what additional procedures, if any, are needed.
  • When appropriate, notify other University units such as University News Bureau.

NOTE: The EDI Office will provide further details about any of the information listed above.

For more information:

Elizabeth Lidano
9 Norton Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260 
Phone: 716-645-6154