Bias and Discrimination Reporting Data

 

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View the 2017-2021 Report on Incidents of Discrimination, Hate and Bias on the UNH Campus

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

The University of New Hampshire has been advancing and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for many years. UNH is committed to building and nurturing an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff can thrive, regardless of their backgrounds. Full transparency and accountability are important variables in advancing the work of diversity and inclusion. As such, the Office of Community, Equity, and Diversity (CED) is sharing data regarding reported incidents of discrimination, hate, and bias at UNH. This is UNH’s first public report on discrimination, hate, and bias. Each fiscal year, CED will update the report to keep community members abreast of current trends.

As it relates to the presented data, it is important to keep the following in mind:

1. What is reflected is data reported to the Affirmative Action and Equity Office. More comprehensive data (i.e., data reported to both AAEO and Residential Life) will be represented in next year’s report for fiscal year 2022.

2. Bias and discrimination may occur that community members choose not to report.

3. The current data represents all three UNH campuses, i.e. Durham, Manchester, and Concord.

4.  The current data reflects reports provided by students, faculty, and staff.

5. The data is nuanced and includes different levels and types of discrimination and bias that have been reported each fiscal year. For example, the data may reflect incidents ranging from inappropriate or offensive language in music played loudly enough for others to hear to drawings of body parts posted to community bulletin boards to direct and targeted bias and/or discrimination based on individual identity(ies), appearance, or accent. This data should be used in conjunction with the most recent UNH Campus Climate Survey Campus Climate Survey Findings | Community, Equity and Diversity  administered between February 26, 2019 and April 5, 2019 along with other data points to form a more complete understanding of UNH’s climate and related trends.

6. Bias and/or Hate Incidents represent those reports that are generically unidentifiable and were not directed towards a specific person, but that provide disparaging opinions about protected class status. A racial slur written on a bathroom wall or a disparaging post on social media about people with physical disabilities are some examples.  

7. Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment reflect reports where bias or hate is targeted towards a specific person or persons based on their identity(ies) in a protected class. The person or persons are named or are directly on the receiving end. These types of bias or hate reports tend to occur in-person/face-to-face or specifically name an individual if not face-to-face. For example, calling a specific person a derogatory name because of their sexual orientation.

8. The data reflected in the “Incident Details” bar graph for fiscal year 2021 includes 32 incidents coded as Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment. This specific subcategory was disaggregated beginning with fiscal year 2021 and will be disaggregated moving forward to help differentiate generalized bias reports from targeted bias reports.

9. The “Incident Description” can be more than one for each incident. For example, if a community member experienced bias in the form of something posted to a chat or discussion board in an online class, that person may file a report and describe the incident as “online,” “written,” and “threat.” 

The table below offers UNH campus population density during each fiscal year represented by the bias data. It includes combined numbers for all 3 campuses. The totals for students include undergraduate and graduate students. Faculty and staff data include both full time and part time employees and are based on IPEDS reporting.

Fiscal Year

Students (UG and G)

Instructional Faculty

Staff

2021

14,726

1,175

2,670

2020

15,084

1,166

2,767

2019

15,515

1,173

2,910

2018

15,547

1,172

3,647

 

The Report on the Uncivil, Hate and Bias Incidents on Campus Survey conducted through the LEAD Fund discusses incidents of bias across US college campuses. The report may be helpful for a comparative interpretation of the UNH data and can be accessed via this link P (aaaed.org)

If you are interested in learning more about the data provided in the UNH Report on Incidents of Discrimination, Hate, and Bias, or UNH’s commitment towards building an inclusive, welcoming, and diverse campus community and related initiatives, contact Dr. Nadine Petty, Associate Vice President for Community, Equity, and Diversity at nadine.petty@unh.edu or call (603) 862-1058.