BGSU Bias Reporting System

Bowling Green State University strives to be a community of respect, openness, compassion and inclusion. We continue to engage the campus community by sharing our experiences, listening to others, and debating ideas in civil, constructive ways. However, there are times when the actions and behaviors of our campus community impact others negatively.

The Bias Incident Response Team was established to respond to these incidents with resources, support, and actions. While Bowling Green State University welcomes open expression and debate, bias incidents directly impact the ability to know, trust, support, and learn from one another and will not be tolerated.

A 'bias incident’ refers to language and/or actions that demonstrate bias against persons because of, but not limited to, their actual or perceived race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or status as a military veteran.

Bias incidents include, but are not limited to, name-calling, stereotyping, belittling, or excluding others based on their identity. Some, but not all, bias incidents may rise to the level of discriminatory harassment, sexual misconduct, or other violations of policy or law.

If you have any additional questions or information about these incidents, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 419-372-2843. If you have an incident to report you can do so here. See It. Hear It. Report It.

Bias Incidents Reports and Outcomes 2017 (Updated 11/1/17)

Below is a list of bias incidents that have been reported for the 2016-17 academic year and include the actions taken. These incidents were reported via the appropriate channels, please note allegations that are not reported can’t be investigated.

10/26/17
Multiple students reported concerns about signs displayed and negative comments regarding sexual orientation and the role of women. The group identified as Jesus Loves You was located near the Education Building.
Action Taken:
 BGSU Police responded and monitored the area. The Office of Dean of Students provided follow-up to the students.

9/21/2017
A flyer from a New Order was identified on the 1st floor of Jerome Library and reported to BGSU Police.
Action Taken:
 The individual who found the flyer removed it. No perpetrator has been identified. 

9/20/17
A student reported concerns about signs displayed by campus visitors near the Education Building and Bowen-Thompson Student Union that made negative statements about sexual orientation.
Action Taken:
 BGSU Police responded and monitored the area. The Office of Multicultural Affairs provided follow-up.

9/18/17
A student reported graffiti based on race/ethnicity was written on their white board in McDonald Hall.
Action Taken:
 The graffiti was removed. BGSU Police and Office of Residence Life are investigating. No perpetrator has been identified. 

9/16/2017
An Identity Evropa sticker was identified on a light post between the Education Building and University and reported to the Office of the Dean of Students.
Action Taken:
 The individuals who found the sticker removed it. The posting of the sticker was a violation of University rules; putting an adhesive sticker on a University light pole is defacing property, regardless of the message. However, these viewpoints do not represent our core values of fostering diversity and a culture of inclusion. Follow-up was not needed with the individuals.

9/12/2017
An Identity Evropa sticker was identified on a light post near Hayes Hall and reported to the Office of the Dean of Students. Another sticker was also identified on a light post near the Jerome Library and reported to BGSU Police.
Action Taken:
 The individuals who found the stickers removed them. The Office of the Dean of Students provided follow-up and hall staff also had contact with the student. Campus Operations staff was informed and asked to look for any additional postings on-campus. The posting of the stickers was a violation of University rules; putting an adhesive sticker on a University light pole is defacing property, regardless of the message. However, these viewpoints do not represent our core values of fostering diversity and a culture of inclusion.

8/16/17
A staff member reported a swastika in a first floor restroom in the Jerome Library.
Action Taken:
No perpetrator has been identified.  Campus Operations notified.  The graffiti was removed.

8/12/17
A staff member reported a swastika on the inside elevator door in the Math Science Building.
Action Taken:
No perpetrator has been identified.  BGSU Police notified.  The graffiti was removed.

7/23/17
A staff member reported graffiti based on race/ethnicity written outside the photo lab in the Fine Arts Center.
Action Taken:
The graffiti was removed. BGSU Police notified.  No perpetrator has been identified.

4/21/17
A staff member reported graffiti based on race/ethnicity was written in the first floor restroom in Overman Hall.
Action Taken:
No perpetrator has been identified.  Campus Operations notified and the graffiti was removed.

4/14/17
A report was submitted regarding a slur based on sexual orientation was said to an individual in the downtown area.
Action Taken:
No perpetrator has been identified.

4/14/17
A report was submitted regarding a slur based on sexual orientation was shouted from a vehicle near the downtown area.
Action Taken:
No perpetrator has been identified.

4/1/17
A resident advisor reported graffiti was written in the Harshman-Anderson elevator based on race/ethnicity.
Action Taken: The graffiti was removed. The BGSU Police were called and Office of Residence Life investigated. No perpetrator has been identified.

3/30/17
A staff member in the College of Business reported finding a card on the ground with a slur based on race/ethnicity.
Action Taken:
The card was picked up by the staff member and submitted a report with the Office of the Dean of Students.

3/30/17
A student reported graffiti was written in the Harshman-Anderson elevator based on race/ethnicity.
Action Taken:
The graffiti was removed. BGSU Police and Office of Residence Life investigated. No perpetrator has been identified.

3/26/17
A student reported a racial slur was heard being used in Kreischer-Batchelder.
Action Taken: The Office of Residence Life is investigating.

3/24/17
A student reported graffiti was written in the Founders east elevator based on race/ethnicity.
Action Taken:
The graffiti was removed. Campus Police were called and the Office of Residence Life investigated. No perpetrator has been identified.

3/23/17
A student reported a concern related to ageism at the Falcon Health Center.
Actions Taken:
The Office of the Dean of Students followed up with the student and shared the concern with Falcon Health Center staff.

3/7/2017
The white nationalist group "Identity Evropa" posted photos on their Twitter account showing their fliers and insignia on BGSU's campus.
Action Taken:
Fliers were removed. BGSU issued a statement on the web site and via social media.

2/15/2017
A custodian reported graffiti in reference to race/ethnicity written in the Harshman-Anderson elevator around 10:55 p.m.
Actions Taken: The graffiti was removed. A student was charged with criminal mischief by BGSU Police and held accountable under the Code of Student Conduct.

2/15/2017
A Hall Director reported graffiti in reference to race/ethnicity written in the Harshman-Anderson elevator wall. This was a multiple incident report over several weeks.
Actions taken:
The graffiti was removed. A student was held accountable for this incident and similar offenses on 2/13/17 and 2/15/17.

2/13/2017
A student reported graffiti in reference to race/ethnicity written in the Harshman Anderson elevator.
Action Taken:
The graffiti was removed. A student was held accountable for this incident and similar offenses on 2/15/17.

2/10/2017
A student reported graffiti in reference to race/ethnicity written on a bathroom wall in Eppler Hall.
Actions Taken
: Graffiti was removed by Campus Operations. University Police investigated but the perpetrator was not identified.

2/10/2017
A student reported graffiti in reference to race/ethnicity written in the Harshman Anderson elevator.
Action Taken:
The graffiti was removed. A student was held accountable for this incident and similar offenses on 2/15/17 and 2/13/17.

1/30/2017
A student reported graffiti based on race/ethnicity in a School of Art restroom.
Action Taken:
The graffiti was removed. BGSU Police investigated but the perpetrator was not identified.

1/30/2017
A student reported to a Graduate Hall Director that she overheard a fellow student make a derogatory slur towards her that was based on race/ethnicity and gender identity/expression in a class.
Action Taken
: The student asked that no investigation or follow-up be conducted.

12/7/2016
A student reported graffiti in reference to race/ethnicity written in the Harshman-Anderson elevator.
Action Taken:
The graffiti was removed. BGSU Police and the Office of Residence Life investigated. No perpetrator was identified.

11/22/2016
A student reported that graffiti was written in the 2nd floor men’s restroom of Kohl Hall based on race/ethnicity.
Action Taken:
The graffiti was removed. BGSU Police and the Office of Residence Life investigated. No perpetrator was identified.

11/15/2016
A male student reported being physically assaulted, robbed and called a derogatory slur based on sexual orientation near the college of music.
Action Taken:
A crime alert was issued via AlertBG with a description of suspects. Following an investigation by BGSU Police, it was determined the claim was untrue. He was criminally charged with making a false police report and held accountable under the Code of Student Conduct.

11/9/2016
A female student reported to City of Bowling Green Police on 11/9/17 that three young males had physically assaulted and verbally harassed her based on race/ethnicity while walking on a road near campus.
Action Taken:
Through thorough investigation, City of BG Police determined the claim to be untrue and charged the student with falsification and obstruction of official business.

10/19/2016
Multiple reports were received about an individual in Offenhauer that was a victim of a physical altercation and verbal harassment based on gender identity/expression.
Action Taken:
An investigation by BGSU Police and the Office of Residence Life which included a review of security camera footage revealed that no incident occurred.

10/16/16
Multiple reports of graffiti being etched into the walls of the Harshman-Bromfield elevator in reference to race/ethnicity were received.
Action Taken:
The incident was investigated by BGSU police and the Office of the Dean of Students. Two students were found responsible and held accountable under the Code of Student Conduct on 11/18/16.

9/17/2016
An individual in Harshman Bromfield reported a bias incident, which included written and verbal harassment in reference to gender identity/expression and sexual orientation.
Action Taken:
BGSU Police and the Office of Residence Life investigated, which included a review of security camera footage. No perpetrator was identified.

Resources & Services

See it. Hear it. Report It.

All reported bias incidents are thoroughly investigated by the Office of the Dean of Students and/or BGSU Police. Perpetrators will be held accountable through criminal charges and/or discipline by the University in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

419-372-2843

BGSU Police

Provides the campus with 24-hour police protection by a fully certified staff of police officers, detectives, and dispatchers.

If there is an immediate threat or emergency, please call 911 or BGSU Police at 419-372-2346

BG Transit

Provides safe, affordable, quality public transportation within the city limits of and area immediately surrounding Bowling Green, Ohio.

800-579-4299

Campus Safe Escort Service

A free service that provides walking escorts to all students to and from any on campus location. Escorts are available every day of the week from:
8 p.m. – 4 a.m.

419-372-8360

Counseling Center

Provides comprehensive individual and group mental health services intended to help students develop improved coping skills in order to address emotional, interpersonal and academic concerns.

419-372-2081

Falcon Health Center

Partners with BGSU to provide health services and excellent patient care for students, faculty and staff members as well as the community of Bowling Green, Ohio.

419-372-2271

International Programs

Provides opportunities for students to explore, perceive and understand intercultural issues through engagement with global problems, international cultures, and foreign language.

419-372-2247

LGBTQ+ Resource Center

Seeks to provide a safe environment for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to promote, educate, and develop programs centering on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Diversity education, ally, and advocacy resources: Safe Zone Workshop

419-372-2642

The Link

A 24-hour crisis hotline

419-352-1545

Office of the Dean of Students

The Dean of Students area advocates for student success by engaging all  students in opportunities to build competency in leadership, multicultural awareness, personal responsibility, and citizenship.

419-372-2843

Office of Multicultural Affairs

Promotes, facilitates, and advocates for a welcoming, socially just and inclusive community. Diversity education, ally, and advocacy resources: OMA Ambassador workshops; iStand Advocacy workshop & Inclusive Leadership Certificate (ILC) program (Both offered in collaboration with the Center for Leadership); and customized diversity education workshops. 

419-372-2642

Office of Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life promotes an engaging, safe and inclusive environment for academic success and personal growth. On-campus students are encouraged to contact their hall director or RA for assistance and support.

419-372-2011