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.

To learn more about what is being done in response to these bias incidents, please review the summary of actions taken.

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.

Date

Nature of Incident

Location

1/25/20

A racial slur was found written on a flyer (Case # 20-25-OF)

ILC

1/06/20

An anti-indian slur was found written on a dorm room dry erase board (Case # 20-4-OF)

Residential Area

12/05/19

An antisemitic slur was found written in the snow (Case # 19-24290)

Residential Area

12/04/19

A swastika was found written on a dorm sign-in sheet (Case # 19-594-OF)

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)

Residence Hall*

11/2/19

A swastika was found drawn on a dry-erase board (Case # 19-541-OF)

Moore Hall - Residence Hall

11/2/19

A racial slur was found written on a dry-erase board (Case # 19-541-OF)

Moore Hall - Residence Hall

10/30/19

Several swastikas were found drawn in chalk (Case # 19-536-OF)

Fine Arts Center

09/29/19

A student received an anonymous note with an anti-semetic messages and swastika (Case # 19-439-OF)

Kennedy - Residence Hall

09/22/19

Homophobic language was reported by students (Case # 19-420-OF)

Cashin - Residence Hall

05/3/19

An Islamophobic slur was found on a bathroom stall (Case # 19-262-OF)

Goessman Lab

04/18/19

A Swastika was found on a bathroom stall (Case # 19-221-OF)

Agricultural Engineering Building

04/14/19

Racial slurs yelled from the building

Kennedy Hall - Residence Hall

03/24/19

Graffiti featuring a homophobic slur was found on a wall (Case # 19-154-OF)

Wheeler Expression Wall

02/5/19

Posters featuring people of color were vandalized (Case # 19-49-OF)

North Campus

12/8/18

Transphobic verbal harassment resulting from a students’ restroom choice

VanMeter - Residence Hall

12/5/18

A swastika was drawn on Hanukkah sign affixed to an RA door

Baker - Residential Hall

12/5/18

A swastika was carved into a stall wall in the men's bathroom

Baker - Residential Hall

12/4/18

Homophobic graffiti carved into a stall wall in the men's bathroom.

Baker - Residential Hall

11/29/18

A swastika was drawn on the pavement

Prince Crampton and MacKimmie - Residence Hall Courtyard

11/28/18

A swastika was carved into floor signage

Knowlton - Residence Hall

11/27/18

Existing posters on a faculty door pertaining to LGBTQ and feminism were torn down.

Thompson Hall

11/13/18

An anti-Semitic, homophobic, and transphobic message was found on a residents dorm room door.

John Quincy Adams - Residential Hall

11/7/18

An existing poster denouncing racism was defaced with a racial epithet.

Melville - Residential Hall

11/6/18

Flyers and stickers from a white nationalist hate group were posted across campus.

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.

Machmer Hall

10/17/18

Racist graffiti carved into a stall door in the men's bathroom.

Fine Arts Center

10/16/18

Racist meme airdropped to phones during dinner.

Berkshire Dining Hall

9/28/18

Anti-Semitic graffiti found in a library book.

DuBois Library

9/27/18

An existing poster featuring an African-American man was defaced, his image was targeted and the posters were ripped.

Thompson Hall

9/24/18

An existing poster featuring an African-American man was defaced, his image was torn off.

Machmer Hall

9/22/18

Threatening racist graffiti was found on a bathroom mirror.

Melville - Residential Hall

9/19/18

Racist and anti-Semitic slurs reported by students.

Thatcher - Residential Hall

9/18/18

Vandalized student office, posters torn down and defaced. Image of President Obama cut out of large poster.

Bartlett Hall

9/16/18

An existing poster featuring an Asian man was defaced, his image was cut out.

Marston Hall

Responding 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. Visit our Hate Has No Home at UMass initiative page to understand acts of hate on college campuses, learn how to take steps to interrupt acts of hate and speak up against bigotry, and much more.