PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING BIAS ACTS
IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE THE TARGET OF OR IF YOU WITNESS A BIAS RELATED ACT, PLEASE FOLLOW THE REPORTING PROCEDURE OUTLINED BELOW:
- Do not erase or clean it. Contact University Police immediately so that an officer will take
photographs and/or record the contents of the graffiti, as well as collect any other evidence
- If you cannot remain at the scene until an officer arrives, cover any graffiti/evidence with a piece
of paper. Write on the paper that UPD was called and give the date and time of your call. This will
prevent others from seeing it and making additional calls or erasing the evidence.
- If you are told by someone that they observed bias related graffiti, you or the person who told you
should contact University Police. However, if you are told that the evidence of this graffiti has
been cleaned or erased you should contact the Office of Student Development and provide as
much information as you have about the time and place the graffiti was seen.
OTHER PROPERTY DAMAGE
- Do not attempt to clean or repair the damage.
- Contact University Police immediately for an officer to collect evidence and record the damage.
University Police and/or Residence Life may contact an emergency maintenance staff member if
the damage makes a structure unsafe.
VERBAL HARASSMENT AND/OR THREATS
- Students – contact University Police immediately and provide detailed descriptions of what
happened, what was said, who was involved, and where it occurred. Also include names of any
- Employees – Please follow the Workplace Violence policy. This policy
directs you to discuss the incident with your supervisor who will then contact Dr. Barton Ingersoll,
Chief of University Police, and Human Resources for investigation, follow-up, and support as
needed. For additional information, you may also refer to the Discrimination Policy.
- Contact University Police immediately for medical evaluation and assistance by dialing 911 from
any campus phone or 607-436-3550 from a cell phone. For employees, this also falls under the
Workplace Violence policy. A University Police Officer will direct you regarding how to proceed.>
If you and/or witnesses want to remain anonymous, you may still report a bias act by using Silent Witness on the University Police Department website. There will be limited investigation, but it will provide a record that may assist officers in resolving other cases. Anonymous reports will also assist the
campus in keeping a more accurate record of bias acts that occur in our community.