Bias Conduct Policies at Liberal Arts Institutions

Topics: Campus Climate, University Systems and Governance

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Research Questions

  • What information do bias conduct protocols include (e.g., a definition of “bias incidents,” adjudication processes, resources, etc.)? 
  • How do institutions educate institution members about the difference between bias incidents and hate crimes? 
  • How do institution members react to bias incident notification processes?  
  • How do administrators mitigate student and faculty concerns about bias policies?


Bias-motivated incidents can create rifts in campus communities; bias conduct protocols help administrators clarify reporting and review process for institution members.  This brief examines what information administrators include in bias conduct policies and how administrators notify institution members of bias conduct and changes to related policies.  This brief also includes a discussion of changes which administrators have recently made to bias conduct policies.