Bias-related incidents can be related to an event, image, utterance, or behavior that demeans or degrades an individual or group based on their belonging or perceived belonging to a particular identity group. Bias incidents are not required to be violations of any state, federal, or local statutes, and, at the time of reporting, do not have to be determined to have violated other College policies. Although bias-related incidents can also be acts of discriminatory harassment, not all bias-related incidents may constitute discriminatory harassment or a violation of other College policies. Bias-related reports do not themselves trigger a formal process under the College’s discriminatory harassment policies and procedures or other College policies.

Examples of Bias-related conduct, may include but are not limited to:

  • Jokes that are demeaning to a group of people based on their actual of perceived membership to a protected class and/or identity group

  •  Hosting a tokenizing or culturally themed event, explicitly meant to exclude members who are perceived to or actually do not identify with the particular group

MICA's Nondiscrimination & Antiharassment Policy

MICA is committed to creating and maintaining a safe creative educational, working and living environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. Our policy prohibits discrimination
and/or harassment based on race, creed, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, marital or domestic partnership status, sexual orientation, genetic information, and/or other legally protected characteristics.

MICA's Incident Report Form

The Incident Reporting Form is intended to collect information from members of the MICA community about a possible violation of the College's Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Non-Discrimination Policy, inclusive of possible Title VII or Title IX violations.