Bias Incident Report

Incidents targeting underrepresented, marginalized groups and persons within protected classes are an unfortunate reality on campuses and society at large, and we must stand united against these heinous acts. 

If you believe you have witnessed a bias related incident, we urge you to report it to UMPD, who provide a daily crime log on their website. The UMass bias incident report will be updated on a weekly basis or more. The university also has a variety of means through which the community can report perceived acts of bias and hate in person, online, and anonymously, but only incidents reported that have been validated through the UMPD will be reflected here.

And please remember, reporting matters. It helps us to track incidents, observe patterns, and provide support. If you have information that could aid in the investigation of the incidents below, please contact UMass Police at 413-545-2121.

What is a Bias Related 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. While hate crimes on campus, if charged and prosecuted, are dealt with in the court system, bias incidents are handled through university grievance procedures. Learn more about the difference between bias incidents and hate crimes.

What is on This Report?

In the spirit of transparency, the information below reflects reported cases of bias since September 2018. In order to ensure that this report provides accurate, verified, and consistent information, the information provided on this page since September 2019 will come solely from reports filed to the University of Massachusetts Police Department (UMPD)**. UMPD actively investigates all of these reports.

*Effective 11/11/19, in order to protect the anonymity of the reporting parties and victims, we will no longer list the residence hall names where incidents took place.

** Effective March 2020, incidents listed on this page have been expanded to include incidents reported to OEI.

Spring 2020

  • 8/28/20: Black Lives Matter signs defaced to say “Rosenberg’s Life Matters”.
    Location: New Africa House and Hillel House
     
  • 6/22/20: multiple faculty receive racist spam emails.
     
  • 5/26/20: Student yelled at for walking on campus.
    Location: Outside the Fine Arts Center
     
  • 4/5/20: various reports of students using racial slurs on social media.
    Location: online
     
  • 3/28/20 and ongoing through 9/25/20: A series of zoombombings have been reported, disrupting meetings and classes, with perpetrators using racist and sexist language.
    Location: online
     
  • 3/27/20: An unknown individual screamed “Corona” at an Asian student. (Case# 20-158-OF)
    Location: Outside CS building
     
  • 3/10/20: Student overheard their roommate mutter an anti-Black racial epithet. (Case# 20-131-OF)
    Location: Knowlton Dorm
     
  • 3/9/20: Anti-Black racial epithet was drawn on a custodial services push cart (20-129-OF)
    Location: Campus Center
     
  • 2/15/20: Anti-Asian comment written on a whiteboard. (Case# 20-74-OF)
    Location: Webster Dorm
     
  • 2/14/20: Faint swastika etched into elevator plastic screen. (Case# 20-71-OF)
    Location: International Programs
     
  • 1/25/20: A racial slur was found written on a flyer (Case # 20-25-OF)
    Location: ILC

Fall 2019

  • 01/06/20: An anti-indian slur was found written on a dorm room dry erase board (Case # 20-4-OF)
    Location: Residential Area
     
  • 12/19/19: A person of Middle Eastern descent was verbally harassed (Case # 19-615-OF)
    Location: GRC
     
  • 12/05/19: An antisemitic slur was found written in the snow (Case # 19-24290)
    Location: Residential Area
     
  • 12/04/19: A swastika was found written on a dorm sign-in sheet (Case # 19-594-OF)
    Location: Residential Area
     
  • 11/11/19 to 11/16/19: There is a pattern of defacing and stealing Black Lives Matter signs from students' doors - 11/11/19-11/16/19. (Case #'s 19-558-OF, 19-564-OF, 19-560-OF, 19-566-OF, 19-567-OF)
    Location: Residential Area
     
  • 11/2/19: A swastika was found drawn on a dry-erase board (Case # 19-541-OF)
    Location: Moore Hall - Residence Hall
     
  • 11/2/19: A racial slur was found written on a dry-erase board (Case # 19-541-OF)
    Location: Moore Hall - Residence Hall
     
  • 10/30/19: Several swastikas were found drawn in chalk (Case # 19-536-OF)
    Location: Fine Arts Center
     
  • 09/29/19: A student received an anonymous note with an anti-semitic messages and swastika (Case # 19-439-OF)
    Kennedy - Residence Hall
     
  • 09/22/19: Homophobic language was reported by students (Case # 19-420-OF)
    Location: Cashin - Residence Hall

Spring 2019

  • 05/03/19: An Islamophobic slur was found on a bathroom stall (Case # 19-262-OF)
  • Location: Goessman Lab
     
  • 04/18/19: A Swastika was found on a bathroom stall (Case # 19-221-OF)
    Location: Agricultural Engineering Building
     
  • 04/14/19: Racial slurs yelled from the building
    Location: Kennedy Hall - Residence Hall
     
  • 03/24/19: Graffiti of a homophobic slur was found on a wall (Case # 19-154-OF)
    Location: Wheeler Expression Wall
     
  • 02/5/19: Posters featuring people of color were vandalized (Case # 19-49-OF)
    Location: North Campus

Fall 2018

  • 12/8/18: Transphobic verbal harassment resulting from a students’ restroom choice
    Location: VanMeter - Residence Hall
     
  • 12/5/18: A swastika was drawn on Hanukkah sign affixed to an RA door
    Location: Baker - Residential Hall
     
  • 12/5/18: A swastika was carved into a stall wall in the men's bathroom
    Location: Baker - Residential Hall
     
  • 12/4/18: Homophobic graffiti carved into a stall wall in the men's bathroom.
    Location: Baker - Residential Hall
     
  • 11/29/18: A swastika was drawn on the pavement
    Location: Prince Crampton and MacKimmie - Residence Hall Courtyard
     
  • 11/28/18: A swastika was carved into floor signage
    Location: Knowlton - Residence Hall
     
  • 11/27/18: Existing posters on a faculty door pertaining to LGBTQ and feminism were torn down.
    Location: Thompson Hall
     
  • 11/13/18: An anti-Semitic, homophobic, and transphobic message was found on a residents dorm room door.
    Location: John Quincy Adams - Residential Hall
     
  • 11/7/18: An existing poster denouncing racism was defaced with a racial epithet.
    Location: Melville - Residential Hall
     
  • 11/6/18: Flyers and stickers from a white nationalist hate group were posted across campus.
    Location: Herter Hall, Franklin Dining Commons, Bartlett Hall, Integrative Learning Center, Lamp posts
     
  • 10/19/18: An existing poster on a faculty office door was defaced with an Islamophobic note.
    Location: Machmer Hall
     
  • 10/17/18: Racist graffiti carved into a stall door in the men's bathroom.
    Location: Fine Arts Center
     
  • 10/16/18: Racist meme airdropped to phones during dinner.
    Location: Berkshire Dining Hall
     
  • 9/28/18: Anti-Semitic graffiti found in a library book.
    Location: DuBois Library
     
  • 9/27/18: An existing poster featuring an African-American man was defaced, his image was targeted and the posters were ripped.
    Location: Thompson Hall
     
  • 9/24/18: An existing poster featuring an African-American man was defaced, his image was torn off.
    Location: Machmer Hall
     
  • 9/22/18: Threatening racist graffiti was found on a bathroom mirror.
    Location: Melville - Residential Hall
     
  • 9/19/18: Racist and anti-Semitic slurs reported by students.
    Location: Thatcher - Residential Hall
     
  • 9/18/18: Vandalized student office, posters torn down and defaced. Image of President Obama cut out of large poster.
    Location: Bartlett Hall
     
  • 9/16/18: An existing poster featuring an Asian man was defaced, his image was cut out.
    Location: Marston HallResponding to Hate

In the aftermath of hate our priority is restoring a sense of psychological safety by providing mental health resources to help impacted individuals and communities rebound. Hate takes its toll and hateful acts aim to intimidate and hinder our goals of inclusive community. To all of our students, faculty, and staff who have been the targets of hate, do not despair. We care about you and stand with you. These hateful acts strengthen the resolve of every member of the UMass community to reject hatred in all its forms and stand united in defense of tolerance, diversity and inclusion.

To learn more about how the university responds to acts of hate review the hate response protocol. If you're frustrated by the rising tide of hate seek out local resources for advocacy and support, as well as national outlets for training and tools to combat hate.