Bias Incidents Report

The Bias Incidents Update has been published to the campus community annually since fall 2011. The purpose of this report is to increase awareness about bias behaviors in our community. The College hopes to increase transparency about bias behaviors and thus engage the community in ongoing education and response to reduce bias.

During the fall semester, eight (8) incidents of bias were reported to Gettysburg College. Quantitative summaries of the bias incidents by semester and by type are below. Additionally, there is a qualitative summary of the fall incidents following the quantitative tables.

Bias Incidents by Semester

Totals 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Total Incidents 24 29 24 24 26 8
Fall Total 15 17 11 12 18 8*
Spring Total 9 12 13 12 8* X

Bias Incidents by Type

Totals 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Race / Ethnicity 11 19 12 15 12 2
Gender Identity 10 5 8 6 9 4
Bias Motivated by Sex 1 3 2 2 2 1
Religion 2 2 2 1 3 1

The fall 2020 reported data are summarized as follows:

  • Six (6) incidents were reported through the Community Concern Form, one (1) incident was reported by e-mail to the Office of College Life, and one (1) incident was reported directly to the Department of Public Safety.
  • Four (4) incidents were of race/ethnicity or gender identity bias from students and were captured from the student body.
    • One (1) incident provided enough information to identify the student responsible for the behavior.
    • One (1) incident was resolved by an informal resolution by the Office of College Life.
    • One (1) incident has a pending resolution.
  • Four (4) incidents were of an unknown source.
    • The Department of Public Safety investigated these incidents and could not determine if it was another student, faculty, staff, or a non-community member responsible for the behavior.

*Gettysburg College de-densified the campus on September 4, 2020 for the fall.

Information on specific individual outcomes or sanctions is classified under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Sexual orientation and gender identity bias were of similar behaviors and have been combined into one category of gender identity. Bias motivated by sex represents bias behaviors that occur because of someone’s biological sex (male or female).

The College's Bias Conduct Policy was revised during the 2018-2019 school year. The revised policy is called the Anti-Discrimination, Harassment, and Bias Conduct Policy.

The College recognizes that not all bias incidents are reported for various reasons. The College improved its bias reporting process and is continuously seeking feedback. Please contact DPS or use the Community Concern Form to report bias.

The Office of College Life finalized a Bias Sanction Guide during the 2019-2020 school year. The Bias Sanction Guide will govern accountability for bias incidents that involve students. Feedback was sought from students, student organizations, and various institutional committees. The Bias Sanction Guide will be implemented for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

The Bias Awareness and Resource Committee (BARC) is continuously working on improving education in our community around bias. Visit the BARC website for more information.

The Bias Incidents Update is published on the Digest for faculty, staff, and students every year. A copy of this report is also kept on the Diversity and Inclusion website at Contact the Office of College Life with questions about this summary at 717.337.6900.