Bias Incident Response Protocol | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


Bias Incident Response Protocol

  • Statement of Values

    Capital University prepares individuals to be knowledgeable, independent, and critical thinkers, educated in leadership, and committed to service in an increasingly diverse society. All members of Capital University are expected to learn how to navigate a diverse society appropriately. As we come to learn and grow together, acts of intolerance may occur and result in harm to others, therefore the university has established a Human Dignity and Bias Incident Policy.

    Members of the Capital University community must respect all persons regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law (hereafter “protected status”). Capital University deems it unacceptable for its students, faculty and staff to engage in conduct (words or actions) that is intended to be, or that is reasonably foreseeable to be, threatening, abusive or intimidating to any member of the university community including students, faculty, staff, guests and contracted services employees.

    Conduct that violates this policy typically:

    1. Has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual or individuals’ work or educational environment; or
    2. Is directed at an individual or individuals on the basis of their protected status; or
    3. Is abusive or severely humiliating.

    Bias incidents and hate crimes are antithetical to the standards and values of the University, violate University policy and, in some instances, state and federal law, and will not be tolerated.

    Complaints of such conduct shall be heard and disciplinary action may be taken consistent with the provisions of the student handbook, the faculty handbook, or the administrative and staff handbook.


    1. Bias Incident: Completed, attempted or threatened abusive or hostile acts against persons, property or an institution, where such acts manifest evidence that the target was intentionally selected on the basis of the target’s actual or perceived protected status. Includes any hate crimes.
    2. Bias Harassment: A Bias Incident that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person’s employment or education, or creating a hostile employment or educational environment, and has no legitimate relationship to the subject matter of a course or academic research. In evaluating whether such an environment has been created, the University will consider the alleged conduct from both a subjective and objective perspective. Specifically, it will evaluate the alleged conduct from the perspective of a reasonable person in the target’s position, considering all the circumstances.
    3. Hate Crime: Criminal homicide, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, or destruction/ damage/vandalism of property, where such crime manifests evidence that the target was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator’s bias related to the target’s actual or perceived protected status.
    4. Protected Status: Protected status is defined by federal law/executive order, state law, local law, and Capital University policy. It includes age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity and expression, genetic information, military status, national and ethnic origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law.
    5. Summary of Process: Upon receipt of a report of prohibited conduct under this policy, the University will take prompt and effective action that includes: notification and implementation of reasonably available supportive measures to individuals who make a report or seek assistance under this policy; conduct a review of the conduct reported; and, as appropriate, initiate a resolution.

    Reporting a Bias Incident

    Report an Incidence of Bias Here

    All Campuses:
    Bias Incident Report
    Information reported may be submitted anonymously and is considered private to the extent permitted by law and/or consistent with the mission of Capital University and its Code of Conduct.

    Privacy generally means that information related to a report of bias will be shared only with a limited number of people. The use of this information is limited to University employees who “need to know” in order to assist in the active review, investigation, or resolution of the report. While these individuals generally are not confidential resource personnel, they will be discreet and respect the privacy of all individuals involved in the process.

    EthicsPoint (anonymous reporting)
    888-238-1063 or

    Human Resources              
    Debbie Gaitten, Director                                                      
    Yochum Hall – Room 22 (lower level)

    Title IX Coordinator
    Deanna Wagner

    Bias Education and Response Team

    Bexley Campus:
    Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    Ralph Cochran, Executive Director                  
    Student Union – 1st floor                                   

    Mikayla Carter, Associate Director
    Student Union – 1st floor

    Law School/Columbus Campus:
    Bren Sutter, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    Law School - 3rd floor

    If the incident involves a possible violation of the University’s Sex or Gender Based Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy, you may report the incident directly to the University’s Title IX Coordinator.

    If the incident involves a Hate Crime or presents safety concerns, please contact the Capital Public Safety Department at: 614-236-6666 (located at 661 College Avenue on the Bexley Campus)

    Conduct that rises to the level of Bias Harassment is covered by the University’s Nondiscrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Policy and will be handled in accordance with that policy.

    Seeking Support

    Trinity Lutheran Seminary

    Kline Health Center

    Student Union

    Student Union