Bias Incidents

The University of Scranton acknowledges and celebrates the plurality of identities, social positions, cultural perspectives and individual abilities that contribute to human difference.  We believe in emancipating potential of education to help all members of our community promote, respect and embrace diversity - defined broadly - and to preserve and advocate for human dignity.  As we avow in the University's mission statement, "Cura Personalis, individual attention to student and respect of  the uniqueness of each member of the University community." Everyone is different; we embrace and learn from that difference.

What is a Bias Incident?

A bias or hate motivated incident refers to language and/or behaviors which demonstrate bias against persons because of, but not limited to, actual or perceived: race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or other status protected by law.

Bias or hate motivated incidents may not rise to the level of a criminal violation, but they may be hurtful or harassing. A bias incident may constitute a violation of the University’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy, or an aggravating circumstance to any violation of

Examples of bias related incidents may include, but are not limited to, defacement of posters or signs, intimidating comments or messages, vandalism to personal or University property, or similar acts.


Reporting a Bias Incident

The University is committed to providing an educational, residential, and working environment that is free from harassment and discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or other status protected by law.  The University enforces this commitment through the Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy, and the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policies.


The University needs you to report incidents of bias and hate-motivated behavior on campus in order to respond appropriately.  We encourage you to report all incidents, including graffiti, defaced posters or property, and verbal or physical attacks to University Police, the Office of Equity and Diversity or to the Dean of Students.  

The University provides individuals the ability to anonymously report incidents of bias, hate, discrimination and harassment pursuant to our Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and our Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy.
  • Incident Reporting Form:
    • Note: Reporting individuals may use this link to file reports anonymously. Reports made here are received by the Executive Director in the Office of Equity and Diversity.  All anonymous reports will be reviewed and processed per the University's policy; however, anonymous reports may hamper the University’s ability to fully respond.

The Executive Director and Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equity and Diversity, Elizabeth M. Garcia, will work with individuals to investigate and resolve any incidents of bias, discrimination, or harassment.  The University encourages individuals to report all incidents of bias and takes all reports seriously.  Reporting can assist the University in assessing patters and addressing behaviors that are antithetical to our community values. Reports may be resolved through informal or formal means, depending on the nature of the incident and considering the needs and desires of the reporting party.  Individuals who report incidents will not be compelled to participate in any formal action.  

The University follows procedures that are consistent with the state and federal law.  These procedures include the preparation of annual disclosure of crime statistics in the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics annual report.  In additional, incidents that may be considered hate crimes must be forwarded to the University Police Department.

Individuals who wish to file a criminal complaint may do so by contacting the UPD at 570-941-7888.