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Sixteen bias incidents reported on campus since the election

There have been 16 bias incidents reported on campus since the election of President-elect Donald Trump last week, according to a university release.

The release defined the bias incidents as “harassing and threatening behavior toward individuals based on their race, ethnicity, presumed national origin and political affiliation,” although it did not specify which identities were targeted on campus. One occurrence involved a physical attack off campus in which the assailant told the victim to “go back to where you came from.”

Following the election, students gathered to protest sexual assault, Trump and racism on campus, expressing fears that a racially charged campaign from the President-elect could lead to a surge of bias incidents.

The bias episodes this week constitute a large spike in overall incidents on campus. There were 66 incidents reported in the entire first half of 2016, up from 18 in Fall 2015.

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