Bias is a prejudice in favor or against one thing, person, or group compared with another usually in a way that is unfair. Biases may be held by an individual, group, or institution and can have negative or positive consequences.

Bias Complaint

An act of bigotry, harassment or intimidation – verbal, written or physical – which is personally directed against or targets a University of North Carolina Asheville student because of that student’s race, age, color, disability, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy or veteran status.


Any unwelcome conduct directed toward a particular person/persons based upon that person/persons actual or perceived membership in a protected class that unreasonably interferes with their employment, academic pursuits, or participation in University-sponsored activities.

Unlawful Harassment

Includes conduct that creates a hostile environment by meeting the following criteria:

  1. directed toward a particular person or persons;
  2. based upon the person’s race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender-identity, creed, disability or veteran status;
  3. unwelcome;
  4. severe or pervasive;
  5. objectively offensive;
  6. so unreasonably interferes with the target person’s employment, academic pursuits, or participation in University-sponsored activities as to effectively deny equal access to the University’s resources and opportunities.