High Point University is committed to fostering an inclusive learning and living community that actively works to manage and mitigate bias incidents. We value civility, character and care and it is our expectation that all members of our community engage with one another within the context of these guiding principles:
At HPU, all students, faculty and staff are expected to operate with high moral character as we interact with others. We are to exercise integrity, fairness and equality while learning, working and living on our campus.
All members of the HPU community play a role in upholding our university mission of “every student receiving an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.” We are called to care – for one another, for our university and for our community.
As members of the HPU community, we are responsible for maintaining a positive campus climate in which all are treated with civility. This standard of respect fosters a sense of belonging and spirit of inclusivity that all students, faculty and staff deserve and need to thrive here at HPU.
High Point University will not tolerate or condone acts of bias and/or hate that evoke harm to our campus community or the well-being of our students, faculty or staff. We welcome you to report bias incidents as we strive to make High Point University safe and welcoming for all. While High Point University is committed to the principles of free speech and free expression, each member of our community is responsible for engaging in debate and disagreement in constructive ways.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a bias incident?
A bias incident is defined as language or actions that demean, degrade, threaten or harass an individual or group based on their actual or perceived race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability or status as a military veteran.
Bias incidents are intentional and unintentional behavior that includes but is not limited to, name-calling, stereotyping, belittling, inappropriate joking and excluding others based on their identity. While these incidents may or may not violate college policy or state or federal law, such behavior creates an unfavorable, unsafe and unwelcoming environment for the affected member(s) of our campus community.
How are bias reports handled?
All bias reports submitted are handled as follows:
- Initial report review is conducted by our Director of Multi-Cultural Affairs. Additional staff review will be conducted as appropriate.
- Support is extended to affected parties.
- Impact of the incident is assessed.
- Resolution is determined. In the event of violation of Student Guide to Campus Life policy, case is forwarded to Director of Student Conduct and adjudicated in accordance with the process outlined in the Student Guide to Campus Life. In the event of violation of HPU Employee Handbook policy, case is forwarded to direct supervisor and/or HR.
What are the ways to report a bias incident?
We encourage you to report bias incidents using one of the following ways:
- Online Bias Response Form
- Report bias incident directly to Scott Wojciechowski, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (336) 841-9713.
- If involving Sexual Misconduct and/or Relationship Violence, report directly to Kayla Rudisel, Director of Title IX, at email@example.com or (336) 841-9138.
What is the difference between a bias incident and hate crime?
Hate crimes are a violation of the HPU Student Code of Conduct and are also a criminal offense. According to the Clery Act, hate crimes are “criminal offenses that manifest evidence that the target was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator’s bias related to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national orientation, gender identity and/or disability status.” These offenses can include but are not limited to vandalism, simple assault, larceny or theft, threat or intimidation, motor vehicle theft, burglary, aggravated assault, robbery, manslaughter, sex offenses, murder or other crimes involving bodily injury.