As reflected in our Principles of Community, at UC Davis we are committed to confronting and rejecting “all manifestations of discrimination, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, (dis)ability, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, status within or outside the university, or any of the other differences among people which have been excuses for misunderstanding, dissension or hatred.” Accordingly, UC Davis strives to maintain an inclusive and diverse work and learning environment free of hate and bias.
Hate and Bias Incident
A hate or bias incident includes non-criminal conduct that is motivated by hatred or bigotry and directed at any individual, residence, house of worship, institution, or business expressly because of the target’s real or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services. Such incidents also include conduct directed against an individual or group because of their association with or advocacy on behalf of a member or members of a legally protected class.
A hate crime is any criminal act or attempted criminal act directed against a person(s), public agency or private institution based on the actual or perceived race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender or because of associations with person(s) or groups identified with on of these protected categories. A hate crime includes an act that results in injury, however slight; a verbal threat of violence that apparently can be carried out; an act that results in property damage; and property damage or other criminal act(s) directed against a public or private agency.
Discrimination occurs when an adverse employment or educational action is based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services.
Harassment is verbal or physical conduct that unreasonably interferes with a person’s work or education or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment when that conduct is based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services.
Freedom of Expression
UC Davis is committed to assuring that all people may exercise the constitutionally protected rights of free expression, speech, assembly and worship. Some acts of hate or bias may not violate law or policy and may, in fact, be protected expressions of speech. Protecting freedom of expression, including controversial speech, and sometimes even offensive or hurtful words, is vital to our commitment to teaching and learning. While our policies do not prohibit such speech, the University encourages all members of the community to engage in respectful dialogue and to observe the Principles of Community and review the Freedom of Expression webpage.
If you believe you have witnessed, or that you have been a target of, discrimination, harassment, or a hate- or bias-motivated incident on campus or while participating in a University-sponsored activity, you may make a formal report to the university in the following ways:
- Use the online option and do not enter your name and/or contact information.
- Call the Anonymous Call Line at the Harassment and Discrimination Assistance and Prevention Program (HDAPP) at (530) 747-3865.
- Visit one of the following confidential resources. Reporting to one of these units will not trigger an official report to the University, except when legally mandated:
- Center for Advocacy Resources and Education The Center for Advocacy Resources and Education provides free, confidential crisis intervention, advocacy and accompaniment services to any survivor of sexual assault, intimate partner violence or stalking. Services are available to any UC Davis student, staff or faculty regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age or (dis)ability.
- Counseling Services is a confidential service for all UC Davis students. Counseling Services is a multiculturally and educationally diverse group of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, family counselors, doctoral interns and peer counselors. They are an experienced staff committed to assisting students and enriching the university community through providing a broad variety of educational programs, psychological consultation and other types of university service.
- Office of the Ombuds The UC Davis Ombuds Office is a confidential, independent, impartial, and informal problem-solving and conflict management resource for all members of the UC Davis campus community.
- Use the online option and enter you name/contact.
- Call the Harassment and Discrimination Assistance and Prevention program (HDAPP) at (530) 747-3864.
- Email HDAPP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visit the Center for Student Involvement or various other campus locations and file a report with a staff member.
- Contact the UC Davis Police Department at (530) 752-1727. Dial 911 for emergencies.
If you experience or witness an incident of hate, bias, discrimination, or harassment, please report it.