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Bias Incidents & Hate Crime

In response to student concerns about the University's past response to bias and hate-motivated incidents, the Office of Student Life worked with students and staff to identify ways to improve the reporting of such incidents. Creating an improved reporting mechanism and developing an advocate program are the first steps in maintaining a respectful environment free from all forms of harassment, hostility, and violence.

What is a Bias Incident?

Santa Clara University defines a bias incident as any speech, act, or harassing action that targets, threatens, or attacks an individual or group because of its actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, religious creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, citizenship status, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other status protected by law.

Report an Incident

The University needs you to report incidents of bias and hate-motivated behavior on campus in order to respond appropriately. For data collection purposes, you are encouraged to report all incidents, including graffiti, defaced posters or property, and verbal and physical attacks.

Reporting Process

If a hate crime is in progress or just occurred, call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4444. Officers are available 24 hours a day. 

Hate crimes are motivated by bias and include definable crimes such as threats of violence, property damage, personal injury, and other illegal conduct.

Report bias incidents in one of the following ways:

  • Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., contact the Office of Student Life at (408) 554-4583, and ask for a member of the Dean's staff, or go to the Benson Memorial Center, Room 205.
  • Contact Campus Safety Services at (408) 554-4444. Any campus safety officer can take a report and forward it to the Office of Student Life.
  • EthicsPoint ( is an online incident reporting tool that is available to Santa Clara University students, faculty, and staff to file incident reports of bias, discrimination, and harassment.

Bias Incident Reporting from the Office of Student Life.