A bias-related incident is an act, intentional or unintentional, that constitutes an expression of hostility or stereotyping in relation to the personhood of individuals or groups by known or unknown perpetrators that occurs at Newark Academy or within a space that impacts the NA community. Such an act may be directed at a member or a group of the NA community (or property) because of individual’s or group’s actual or perceived age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, political or social affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected class, or combination of these or related factors.
Some Examples of Bias-Related Incidents
- Making a comment or telling a joke based on a stereotype
- Able-ist, antisemitic, classist, homophobic, racist, sexist, etc. graffiti, images or symbols
- Using language or engaging in actions that intentionally or unintentionally insult someone based on their identifiers
- Using bigoted language or slur to identify someone
- Imitating a group of people’s accent as a joke
- Making derogatory, offensive, or insensitive comments on social media sites about someone’s ability, class, gender, gender identity, political affiliations/beliefs, race, religion, sexual orientation, or other protected class or characteristic.
There is No Place for Slurs at Newark Academy
At NA there is no place for language, utterance of slurs, or actions (on or offline) that are established as bigoted, that are directed at individuals or groups, and/or that intentionally or unintentionally cause harm. Certain phrases, rooted in historical hate and violence, are so egregious that their use will likely result in suspension or expulsion. Examples of non-negotiable words are: C-slur (for women), F-slur (for LGBTQ), K-slur (for Jews), N-Word, etc.
Bias-Related Incidents are NOT Hate Crimes
While bias-related incidents and hate crimes may both be rooted in stereotypes, prejudice, and bias, it is important to note a significant difference – bias incidents are not criminal acts whereas hate crimes are illegal actions and will be reported to local authorities.