Understanding Bias and Hate on Campus

Hate Uncycled

When bias and hate incidents are on the rise, college and university administrators and law enforcement teams are a critical support network for their communities. The ADL Hate/Uncycled Resource serves as a guide to addressing incidents from many lenses, including prevention, preparation, response, healing, and education. The vision is to dismantle the complexities of bias and hate through regular assessment and implementation of campus climate initiatives and incident response practices — Prevention is just as important as response.

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Campus Bias & Hate Incidents

While responding to each incident is critical when it happens, it is equally important to remember that campus bias and hate takes place in a broader context — It often appears as a part of a complex societal cycle that models or perpetuates bias and hate. As leaders of an institution that values diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging, you can have an impact on that cycle at many different points. This guide will help you develop forward-thinking solutions grounded in inclusive policy and practice.

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Prevention of hate incidents is rooted in campus climate, policy, and practice. Explore ideas that balance the values of free speech with the building of a community where all members know that inclusion matters.


Preparation starts with creating and updating your campus response policies, teams, and plans. Review incident reporting mechanisms, cyber safety and free speech precautions.


When an incident occurs, the first minutes and hours are critical for your community. Consider decisions about communication, and the assessment of physical, emotional, and digital safety.


An effective and thoughtful healing process can build a stronger community in the aftermath of an incident. Debrief, bring people together, and create goals for your community in this polarized political climate.


Education after an incident makes a direct impact when it is specific to the type of bias or hate that occurred. Communities targeted can know that their experience is recognized, and a foundation is set for greater sensitivity and awareness.

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Extremist Tactics on Campus

White supremacists are targeting college campuses via the distribution of literature, speaking engagements and trolling/harassment efforts.
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Increase Reporting of Bias and Hate Incidents

Suggestions for increasing awareness of systems and removing barriers to hate-bias incident reporting on your campus.
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Bias and Hate Incidents

What is a bias or hate incident? What are some recent themes?
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Escalation of Bias and Hate

Learn about the ways in which bias can escalate toward hate if not addressed. Tools include, the “Pyramid of Hate” model, a glossary of terms, and known hate symbols.
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Free Speech on Campus

Administrators navigate the complex responsibility of responding unequivocally to bias and hate, while safeguarding free speech and academic freedom. Find answers to frequently asked questions and guidelines for managing controversial speakers.
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Law Enforcement Best Practices

Law enforcement on college and university campuses operates in a unique and complex environment, ensuring safety, and building community within an educational institution. Consider these relationship-building, training, and communication strategies.
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Next Steps

ADL provides in-person programs to work with your administrator and law enforcement teams. Locate your closest ADL office and find out more about navigating hate, bias, and free speech on campus.
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