Bias Response

Provides a form for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests with a Penn State User ID to report acts of bias that occur at Penn State.

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Students may use the form to report any act of bias they experience themselves or observe directed against anyone else. Penn State students may also submit a report by contacting the 24-Hour Hotline at 1-800-560-1637.

Faculty and staff should only use the form to report acts they observe that are directed against students. If no student is involved, faculty and staff should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at 814-863-0471.

Acts of bias are defined by policy AD91 as follows:

Act of Bias. Refers to behavior that is motivated by bias against or hatred toward other individuals or groups based on actual or perceived age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, marital or family status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information or political ideas."

Report a Bias Incident

Confidentiality and Privacy

Responses submitted through the form are encrypted and sent to a secure server. Only Penn State constituents may use the system. The system requires users to log on with a valid Penn State username and password. Should a report indicate or imply that the user or someone else is in danger, the report will be turned over to appropriate Penn State personnel. Reports could also be turned over if required for compliance with FERPA and/or other state and federal privacy laws. Also, reports are subject to subpoena under certain circumstances. See the informed consent and confidentiality statement for more information.

Protocol for Responding to Bias Incident Reports

The Bias Incident Report Response Protocol is a process that determines the appropriate referral of submitted bias reports at Penn State. See Bias Incident Response Protocol for more information.


Please do not use the Report Bias web form if you are currently in a situation where immediate medical, police, psychological, or other emergency services are needed. In an emergency, call 911 or University Police & Public Services at 814-863-1111 to reach the appropriate services.

Bias Motivated Incidents Reports