University of Vermont


Bias Incidents & Hate Violence

Candlelight vigil on the GreenAny violence or discrimination motivated by homophobia, transphobia, sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, and other systems of oppression is not acceptable at this university. UVM, in its “Our Common Ground” values statement, says: “As a just community, we unite against all forms of injustice, including, but not limited to, racism. We reject bigotry, oppression, degradation, and harassment, and we challenge injustice toward any member of our community.” Sexual orientation and gender identity are both protected classes in UVM’s non-discrimination policy. All of this means that discrimination at UVM is unacceptable.

Speak Out

If you witness a bias incident on campus, please report it. Every voice makes a difference.

On-Campus Resources

If you are a target of a bias incident or have witnessed one happening, please call Police Services at 656-3473 or report it anonymously on-line.

The LGBTQA Center@UVM, along with the Women's Center and the ALANA Student Center, has worked extensively with Police Services to make sure the Officers are trained to deal effectively and respectfully with bias incidents. If for any reason you're uncomfortable being in touch with Police Services, you can contact:

Bias Incidents Protocol

Currently UVM is revising the Bias Incidents Protocol, outlining the steps the University will take when responding to a bias incident. Stay tuned for the new protocol coming soon.

Off-Campus Resources

Help Burlington remain safe for its LGBTQ citizens. If you witness an incident of hate violence, please contact the Burlington Police Department by phone or via their online incident report form.

Off-campus, SafeSpace provides support for LGBTQ survivors of violence. They can be reached at 863-0003.

Why We Take Bias Seriously

Take a look at the bias incidents that occurred at UVM during the 2003-04 school year. This document only includes bias incidents that were reported to Police Services. Think about how unwelcome and unsafe these incidents might make you feel if they were targeted at you or at a community you belonged to.

Victims of bias and discrimination can experience shame and embarassment and are often reluctant to report on it or openly talk about it. Unchallenged and unreported bias relieves the perpetrator of any accountability and reinforces the message that "it's okay to speak or behave in this manner." Documented incidents of bias and discrimination through the UVM system and processes help us to change this attitude, and offer meaningful statistics to guide further inclusive policymaking.

Last modified May 09 2013 03:55 PM