Maintaining A Safe Community
The campus community at UW-Stout is committed to ensuring an inclusive and welcoming environment for students, staff, and faculty, and strives to provide an accepting place for all to work and learn. We are a university that welcomes all ideas and a place where people can be themselves. The students and staff at UW-Stout appreciate the diversity of humanity and reject prejudice and discrimination.
The university asks for the cooperation of the campus community in monitoring the campus climate by reporting all bias incidents and hate crimes.
Bias Incident Response Team
The campus Bias Incident Response Team consists of members who have been trained in bias incident prevention training and response by the Stop the Hate professional training program.
This team is one of many initiatives at Stout that reflect our commitment to a safe, inclusive and thriving campus community.
- Dominique Vargas, Associate Dean, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (Chair)
- John Achter, Associate Dean of Students
- Jennifer Lee, Associate Director, Memorial Student Center
- Jason Spetz, Chief of Police
- Barb Miller, Director, Multicultural Student Services
Bias Incidents and Hate Crimes
Bias incidents and hate crimes are acts motivated by bigotry and/or hate based on the victim’s actual or perceived race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion or disability. Hate crimes are those acts that violate criminal law, such as violence or vandalism; many crimes carry more severe punishments if the motivation for that crime is proven to be hate. Bias or hate-motivated speech may be illegal such as harassment, threats, or disruptive speech.
However, some bias or hate-motivated speech may be constitutionally protected and thus not subject to university disciplinary action or formal investigation. Please note that this definition is used for reporting and statistical purposes only and carries no independent punitive weight or authority.