Additional Campus Resources
Bias Incident Reporting
A Bias Incident is characterized as a behavior or act—verbal, written or physical—which is personally directed against or targets an individual or group based on perceived or actual characteristics such as race, color, religious belief, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, or age; behaviors like this constitute violations of the Colleges' Community Standards. The kinds of incidents that may constitute a bias incident, include but are not limited to, threatening telephone calls or mail (including electronic mail), graffiti, physical assault, harassment, stalking, vandalism, destruction of personal property, or coercion. The Colleges encourage the reporting of all hate crimes and bias incidents.
At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, students can anonymously report bias incidents using this form. Once a report is submitted, the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT), in collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs, thoroughly reviews the information and reaches out to the affected individuals as needed with the proper resources, support and educational interventions.
Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion fosters dignity and respect ensuring that all members of the HWS community have an equal opportunity to thrive.
The Adams Intercultural Center
The Intercultural Center is a place that creates an environment where students find support, challenges, and grounding for their personal growth, academic success and the development of their leadership skills. Students are encouraged to become leaders, mentors and to excel academically. Programs are available that promote cross-cultural opportunities as well as that support students and other campus community members.
Office of Title IX Program & Compliance
Title IX, a federal law, mandates that colleges and universities create an environment free from sexual discrimination and harassment for all community members and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), 20 U.S.C. §1681, et seq. All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities receiving any federal funds must comply with Title IX. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, other forms of sexual misconduct, stalking, and intimate partner violence.
At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, safety is our top priority and we believe that it is a shared responsibility. Our campus safety team is committed to working collaboratively with members of the Hobart and William Smith community to provide a safe and secure living and educational environment that nurtures the academic and social growth of our students. Review our Living Safely publication for further detail on our policies.