Bias or Hate Reporting
St. Thomas is committed to providing an inclusive living, learning and working environment that supports the well-being of each member and respects the dignity of each person. Incidents of hate and bias are inconsistent with the St. Thomas mission and convictions and have no place here. If you are a student who has experienced or witnessed a bias or hate incident, we want to address the incident and provide you with resources.
You can file an online report below or contact any of our campus resources for support.
In an emergency, please call 911 (off-campus) or 651-962-5555 (on-campus).
Frequently Asked Questions:
Unwelcome conduct that has a negative impact on an individual or group and that one could reasonably conclude is based on an actual or perceived protected characteristic.
A protected characteristic is any of the following: race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family status, disability, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
This definition of bias incident is used for reporting purposes only. Bias incidents vary in degree. Some bias incidents rise to the level of a hate crime, harassment or other policy violation. Other bias incidents do not rise to that level but still have adverse effects on our community members.
Bias incidents include, but are not limited to, any of the following: degrading language, slurs, epithets, permanent or temporary graffiti, vandalism, intimidation, posters with language or symbols linked to hate groups, discrimination, harassment or assault based on protected characteristics.
The primary purpose of the reporting system is to connect the reporter or target of a bias incident with support and resources. In addition, St. Thomas will use data from the reporting system to track incidents of bias and to initiate investigations of potential policy violations.
If you are feeling like you or someone else has been adversely affected by a bias incident, make a report. Don’t worry if you are not sure whether it meets a definition. St. Thomas will consider whether the facts and circumstances meet the definition and can offer support resources regardless of whether it is classified as a bias incident.
Anyone can make a report – the target of a bias incident, a friend, or a witness.
Yes, you can report anonymously using the reporting feature on this page, simply leave the “name,” “phone” and “email” fields blank. However, we encourage you to include your name and contact information for a few reasons. First, we cannot offer support and resources to you if we do not know who you are. Second, anonymous reports often contain insufficient information to fully investigate and respond.
If you make an anonymous report, please provide as much detail as possible, including location of the incident, a detailed description of what occurred, and information about groups or individuals who have been negatively impacted. If you choose to report anonymously, you may choose to identify yourself at a later time.
You can use this form or report a bias incident in person to any of the following offices:
Dean of Students
Room 241, Anderson Student Center
p 1 (651) 962-6050
Department of Public Safety
St. Paul: Morrison Hall, 1st Floor
Minneapolis: School of Law, 1st Floor
p 1 (651) 962-5100 (non-emergency)
p 1 (651) 962-5555 (emergency)
p 1 (651-962-TIPS or PSTIPS@stthomas.edu (anonymous)
Room 217, Aquinas Hall
p 1 (651) 962-6510
Department Chair or Dean
If the incident took place in the classroom, you may also contact the department chair or dean of the school or college.
Students are strongly encouraged to call Public Safety or law enforcement immediately if they become aware of a possible hate crime, in order to ensure an immediate response. This form may be completed as a follow-up.
- City of Minneapolis Hate Crime Reporting Information
- City of St. Paul Hate Crime Reporting Information
A hate crime is criminal conduct against a person or property motivated in whole or part by bias. Hate crimes violate St. Thomas policy and the law. A hate crime is a severe form of a bias incident.
If you use this form to report a bias incident, the following individuals will receive the report:
- Dean of Students and designee
- Director of Public Safety and designee
- Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
- Chief Human Resources Officer
- Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
These individuals will assess the report and forward the report to the appropriate office(s) or administrator(s). For example, for incidents that took place in the classroom, the department chair and/or dean of the school or college will be notified.
The response will vary depending on the particular facts and circumstances. With all non-anonymous reports, the Dean of Students Office will reach out to student reporters/targets to offer support and resources. Other responses may include: investigation by St. Thomas, referral to the student conduct process, disciplinary action for employees, education/training for involved St. Thomas community members, education/training for the community and/or restorative justice. St. Thomas will address bias incidents in accordance with all applicable university policies. In cases in which a student has violated University policy, the sanctions will vary based on the facts and circumstances and may range from a formal warning to suspension or expulsion. In determining sanctions, the University considers a number of factors, including the nature of the conduct, the intent of the person who engaged in the conduct and the impact of the conduct on individual(s) and the community. In a case in which the conduct is considered a hate crime for purposes of Clery Act reporting, the minimum sanction is suspension. In situations where conduct by a student does not violate a university policy but has caused harm, St. Thomas will respond through education and/or restorative approaches.
Someone from the Dean of Students Office and/or academic unit will reach out to student reporters who are identified in the report. Their goal will be to understand the incident and your needs. They will offer appropriate support and resources and explore restorative options with you. Online reports are monitored Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. except for St. Thomas holidays or other days when St. Thomas is closed. The Dean of Students Office staff strive to respond as promptly as possible (generally within twenty-four hours after receipt of the report). If you need a more immediate response, please call Public Safety.
If you make an anonymous report using this form, St. Thomas will not be able to respond directly to you, but will assess the information submitted and consider response options.
Starting in 2019, St. Thomas will start a pilot program to share summary data collected from these reports as part of a bi-annual report to the community. In addition, the nature of an incident may be shared as part of educational or restorative responses to the report. No personally identifiable information about a target or reporter will be shared by St. Thomas in the summary reports or in campus communications, unless an individual has provided consent.