The University of Arizona is committed to maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for all members of our community. We recognize that bias incidents which occur within our community impact how we learn, live, work, and play on campus. Because we are a community, each of us has responsibility for fostering a safe and inclusive environment, and we must take an active role in reporting incidents.
Not all expressions of hate or group bias rise to the level of a hate crime as defined in state and federal statute. Derogatory words or epithets directed against a member of a protected class, as listed above, if not accompanied by a threat of harm with the ability to carry it out, are considered protected speech and not a hate crime.