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UT-Austin Releases New Hate and Bias Incident Policy

By Stephanie Holmes

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On Wednesday, the University of Texas at Austin President Gregory Fenves announced that a new hate and bias incident policy had been established.


The policy provides outlined definitions of violent conduct, along with other forms of harassment, and ways to report them to the Office of the Dean of Students.


The policy states that it prohibits any “unlawful harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, sexual orientation, ideology, political views or political affiliation.”


If the policy is violated students could face suspension, among other penal measures. Faculty members found guilty may be fired.


Student recently discussed their concerns about recent bias incidents on campus, such as the neo-Nazi posters and anti-Muslims propaganda, at a town hall meeting held Feb. 22.


“The release and implementation of this hate and bias incident policy is not the beginning … and it certainly isn’t the end,” Kevin Helgren, student body president, said. “One student who feels unsafe on our campus is one student too many.”


To learn more, read the Daily Texan’s article HERE.