Discrimination, Harassment, & Retaliation

Occidental College is committed to maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for members of the Oxy community.

This environment may be compromised when a biased or hate-related incident occurs. You can report a bias or hate-related incident as either a witness or a victim. Although it is helpful to tell us who you are, reports can be made anonymously. Filling out the reporting form below will activate the Bias Incident Response Team to follow-up. If you prefer to submit your report in person, you can go directly to the Dean of Students Office in Berkus Hall or call (323) 291-2661.

Submit an online report

What is a hate crime? A hate crime can be generally defined as a crime which in whole or part is motivated by the offender’s bias toward the victim’s status. Hate crimes are intended to hurt and intimidate individuals because they are perceived to be different with respect to their race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender or disability. The purveyors of hate use physical violence, verbal threats of violence, etc., to instill fear in their victims, leaving them vulnerable to subsequent attacks and feeling alienated, helpless, suspicious and fearful. These acts of hatred can leave lasting emotional impressions upon their victims as well as entire communities. (Department of Justice)

What is a hate incident? A hate incident is an action in which a person is made aware that her/his status is offensive to another, but does not rise to the level of a crime. (Department of Justice)

What is a bias incident? A bias incident is conduct, speech or expression motivated, in whole or in part, by bias or prejudice. It differs from a hate crime in that no criminal activity is involved. (Southern Poverty Law Center)