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Bias Incident Response

Bias Acts Response Team (BART)

Racism and discrimination have no place at SUNY Canton, and it is our first priority that all students feel safe and welcome on our campus and in our community. Incidents of bias, discrimination, and/or racism can be reported at any time.These reports will be reviewed immediately and taken seriously.

Report an Incident

The Bias Acts Response Team (BART), a subset of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), is a group of individuals trained in crisis response who oversee the responses to individuals and/or communities who have been affected by bias acts. Responses to incidents of bias may include investigation and adjudication, as appropriate, by New York State University Police at SUNY Canton, the Dean of Student’s Office, and/or the Affirmative Action Office. Other kinds of responses (e.g., passive or active programming about bias acts, facilitated meetings among those who have perpetrated bias acts and those who have been targeted, etc.) are arranged on a case-by-case basis. Persons or communities who have been targeted will be contacted by a member of the team to discuss possible responses and options for investigation and adjudication.

The Bias Acts Response Team is comprised of:

  • Director of Diversity
  • Chief of University Police
  • Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Director of Student Conduct
  • Others will be invited on an as-needed basis, including (but not limited to): Director of Human Resources, Director of Residence Life, Director of Health Services, and subject-matter experts.

For information about bias acts and the College’s response, please contact any of the offices listed below:

  • University Police, Wicks Hall - 315-386-7777
  • Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Miller Campus Center – 315-386-7120
  • Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Miller Campus Center – 315-386-7128
  • Human Resources Office, French Hall – 315-386-7325

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:

Graffiti

  • 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 available.
  • 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 University Police 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 University Police 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.

Harassment and/or Threats

  • Students – Please complete the Incident of Concern Reporting Form. A member of the response team will respond to your complaint. If you are concerned for your safety, 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 witnesses.
  • Employees – Please follow the Workplace Violence Policy if this is an employee-related matter, or you may also fill out the Incident of Concern Reporting Form . For additional information, you may also refer to the Discrimination Policy.
  • Community Members/Others - Please complete the Incident of Concern Reporting Form

Physical Attack

  • Contact University Police immediately for medical evaluation and assistance by dialing 315-386-7777. For employees, this also falls under the Workplace Violence policy. A University Police Officer will direct you regarding how to proceed.

Bias Acts Response Team (BART) Procedure for Review of Incidents of Bias:

The Bias Acts Response Team (BART) will meet weekly through the academic year as a part of the Behavioral Intervention Team, and will meet to review incidents of bias for review on an as-needed basis. The BIT/BART meets on an as-needed basis during winter and summer break.

  1. The online bias complaint form goes immediately to the Chair of the Behavioral Intervention Team (Vice President for Student Affairs) as well as to the Chief of University Police, Director of Student Conduct, Director of Counseling, and in cases where “bias related incident” is chosen from the drop-down menu on the reporting form, the Director of Diversity. Reporting individuals will receive a follow-up contact from a member of this team within 24 hours.
  2. When UPD or the BIT receives a report of an act that may be a hate crime or a bias related act, the BART will be assembled to review the incident and determine appropriate next steps.
  3. Employees who have responsibility for an area, in which an incident occurred or relationship with a potential or identified target, may be invited to the team meeting at which the incident will be discussed. Examples include: the RD for a hall in which graffiti was found; the RD for a student who is the identified target.
  4. Team meeting:
    1. The Chair of the Behavioral Intervention Team/BART will provide a report of the act.  If other BART members or UNIVERSITY POLICE receive complaints they will provide a report of the act.  If an office other than UNIVERSITY POLICE receives the initial report, a representative from that office will provide it.  Any action that has been taken (e.g., any investigation that has taken place, whether an arrest has been made or if there will be adjudication through the student judicial system) will also be reported.
    2. If the BART has established that there has been no hate crime, the team will determine the appropriate course of action based on the information provided. If there is an identified target or someone who feels targeted, the team will assign a contact person to them.
  5. Follow up action:
    1. The contact person will talk to the target(s) about safety issues and inform them about all of the services available to them.  If there is an identified perpetrator, the contact person will review with the target(s) the options for going forward which in some cases may include adjudication.  Cases may involve an educational response particularly where there is no process for adjudication.
    2. If there is no identified target (e.g., graffiti in a hallway), a team member will be assigned to contact   the reporter of the event and locate others who are related to the area in some way.  The team member will collect information about those who may have been affected and will contact them to inform them of the services available to them.
  6. Follow up in team meetings:
    1. Everyone will provide updates re: actions taken.
    2. If more information becomes available, the team will develop responses to the targets, community, or others who have been affected.
    3. Assignments will be updated as needed.
  7. Closing the case:
    1. Team members will debrief about the event; a team leader will complete the written records.
    2. Records will be held on Maxient.
  8. Follow up: At the end of each semester, the contact persons for each targeted individual or the team leader will follow up to see if the targeted individuals were satisfied with the support the BART provided.

Response to Bias Acts and Crimes

Policy Statement

The College responds to bias acts, including hate crimes, according to procedures that have been ratified by President and are reviewed on a regular basis. The response includes investigation and adjudication, as appropriate, by University Police and/or Office of Student Judicial Affairs. The Bias Acts Response Team oversees the response to individuals and/or communities who have been affected by bias acts.

Rationale

Bias acts encompass a broad range of negative behaviors that target individuals or groups because of actual or perceived characteristics and/or membership in groups. For the health and well-being of the campus community, it is critical that individuals or groups who feel targeted and/or affected by bias acts can easily report incidents and receive services, as needed.

Applicability of the policy

The policy applies to students and employees at the College and may be used to address conduct occurring on or off campus.

The purposes of the BART:

  • Assist those who feel that they have been targeted in bias incidents to identify all of the remedies that are available to them.
  • Provide educational (not disciplinary or judicial) remedies in response to complaints of bias incidents (e.g., facilitated conversations for those who were involved, passive or active educational programming for groups, etc.)
  • Maintain a record of bias incidents and generate reports for use by the campus community.

Definitions

One of the documents that accompany the policy includes definitions of bias acts and hate crimes.

Definitions of Bias Acts and Bias Crimes

According to New York State Penal Law § 485.05, a person commits a hate crime when he or she commits a specified criminal offense and either intentionally commits the act or intentionally selects the person against whom the offense is committed in whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability, or sexual orientation of a person, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct.

A bias act is conduct that adversely and unfairly targets an individual or group based on the social identity categories of national origin, ethnicity, race, age, religion, gender, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, color, creed, marital status or any combination of these characteristics. The perpetrators may be known or unknown and the act may be verbal, written or physical and occur on the Canton campus or within an area that affects the campus community. Activity protected by the First Amendment will not constitute bias acts.

Information about the College’s response to bias acts and hate crimes is disseminated through the campus’s Behavioral Intervention Team, which includes representatives from Student Affairs Division Office, University Police, Academic Affairs, Diversity Affairs, Health Services, Residence Life, Counseling Services, and Accessibility Services. Anyone who believes that they have been the victim of a hate crime or bias act is encouraged to seek by utilizing the procedure outlined earlier in this document or by contacting University Police or Human Resources.

Take a look at University Police's Bias-Related Crime for more information.

Resources

Crisis Intervention/Counseling/ Medical

  • 911 (for all emergency calls including ambulance service)
  • Davis Health Center
    • Miller Campus Center
    • 315-386-7333
  • Counseling Center
    • Miller Campus Center 225
    • 315-386-7314
    • Phone: 518-561-2000
  • Renewal House (Support for victims of domestic and sexual violence) – Off-Campus
    • 3 Chapel Street, Canton
    • Phone: 315-379-9845

Law Enforcement Assistance

  • 911 (for all emergency calls)
  • University Police– On-Campus
    • Wicks Hall
    • Phone: 315-386-7777 (24-hour service)
  • Village of Canton Police Department – Off-Campus
    • 60 Main Street, Canton
    • Phone: 315-386-4561 (24-hour service)
  • New York State Police – Off-Campus
    • 49 ½ Court Street, Canton
    • Phone: 315-379-0012 (24-hour service)
  • St. Lawrence County District Attorney – Off-Campus
    • 49 Court Street, Canton
    • Phone: 315-379-2225
  • St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department – Off-Campus
    • 48 Court Street, Canton
    • Phone: 315-379-2222

On-Campus Resources

  • Title IX Coordinator & Affirmative Action Officer
    • Human Resources Office, French Hall
    • Phone: 315-386-7325
  • Dean of Students/Student Conduct Office
    • Miller Campus Center 229
    • Phone: 315-386-7120

*Sections of this policy used with permission from SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Oneonta, and SUNY Morrisville.