Report a Bias Incident


Report a Bias Incident


Policy Statement:
While Grand Valley safeguards individuals constitutional rights and protected speech, the university is also committed to inclusion and equity. Grand Valley exercises the right to engage in educational dialogue and seeks constructive responses to address bias incidents. Accordingly, Grand Valley prohibits acts of harassment and discrimination, as outlined in the Anti-Harassment Policy. A copy of this policy is available on the Grand Valley Manual Web site ( under the Grand Valley Manual Policy Index.

Report Bias Incidents
Anytime you or anyone in the Grand Valley community feels belittled, disrespected, threatened, or unsafe because of who you are, the entire university community is diminished. Thats why its important to report all bias incidents  even those intended as jokes.

How do I recognize a bias incident?
Bias incidents take many forms  words, signs, symbols, threats or actions  electronic or real time. They include intimidation, vandalism, destruction of property, harassment, and expressions of hate or hostility; they have an adverse impact on a learning environment that is inclusive of all. Bias incidents are distinguished in the following ways. Bias incidents can cause alarm, anger, fear, or resentment in others or endanger the health, safety, or welfare of anyone in the university community. They are directed toward an individual or group because of their race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex/gender, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, religion, familial status, marital status, disability, age, height, weight or veteran status.

If you have observed or experienced a bias incident, don't wait. Call the LGBT Resource Center or one of these offices for guidance and support.

LGBT Resource Center (616) 331-2530
Public Safety - Allendale Campus (616) 331-3255 (Available 24 hours) Pew Campus Security (616) 331-6677 (Available 24 hours)

Counseling Center (616) 331-3266
Dean of Students (616) 331-3585
Graduate Studies (616)331-7105
Holland Campus (616) 394-4848
Housing and Residence Life (616) 331-2120
Human Resources (616) 331-2215
Muskegon Center (231) 777-0505
Office of Affirmative Action (616) 331-2242
Office of Inclusion and Equity (616)331-3296
Office of Multicultural Affairs (616) 331-2177
Pew Campus Student Services (616) 331-7220
Traverse City Center (231) 995-1785
Women's Center (616) 331-2748

Read more about Grand Valley State University protocol here.