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 26
Fall Total 15 17 11 12 18 8*
Spring Total 9 12 13 12 8* 18*

Bias Incidents by Type

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

The 2020-2021 reported data are summarized as follows:

  • Sixteen (16) incidents were reported through the Community Concern Form, four (4) incident was reported by e-mail to the Office of College Life, and three (3) incident was reported directly to the Department of Public Safety.
  • Eleven (11) incidents were of race/ethnicity or gender identity bias from students and were captured from the student body.
    • Eight (8) incident provided enough information to identify the student responsible for the behavior.
    • Two (2) incident was resolved by an informal resolution by the Office of College Life.
    • Six (6) were resolved through an administrative hearing.
    • One (1) incident was resolved by a Student Conduct Review Board.
  • Nine (9) 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.

*Gettysburg College was not at full occupancy for the Spring 2021 semester.