Responding to Expressions of Hate

This page provides information on the University of Cincinnati’s process for responding to expressions of hate on campus. Such expressions may take the form of unsolicited, intimidating, or offensive mail, email or other communications targeted to members of our university community (i.e., faculty, staff, or students) based on a person’s identity.

Below are guidelines to assist recipients of said expressions. 

  • Maintain as much information as possible about the origins of the message(s). 
  • Make a copy of the mail, email message, or social media post and share your experience with us so we can provide any needed support or guidance.
  • Staff and Faculty (notify your supervisor) Students (notify a faculty or staff member you trust).
  • Contact UC Police Department to file a report. UCPD will assess the report for danger or a criminal offense, and collaborate with the appropriate UC official(s).

  Hours of Operations: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  Phone: (513) 556-4900                                                                                                             


1. Why am I posting this? Is it to raise awareness, shame the sender, or highlight a trend?

2. Am I ready to handle the responses I may receive? Responses may range from messages of  encouragement and requests for interviews to additional expressions of hate.

In the aftermath of reporting an incident, it is important to take time to process and assess the experience. At UC, we are committed to advancing the institutional values of equity, inclusion, and respect. Invitations to engage in dialogue are voluntary and are extended in the spirit of education and reflection. Our first priority is to offer resources to support impacted students, faculty, and staff.

Students: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS takes a stance against discrimination and oppression in any form and encourages the utilization of its services by all students, especially those reluctant to seek traditional forms of treatment. To this end, it strives to create an atmosphere of affirmation, openness, trust, and safety where all attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviors can be openly shared and explored.

Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Phone: (513) 556-0648


Staff and Faculty: Impact Solutions - Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Just about any concern imaginable can be brought to the EAP. Concerns range from simple to complex situations and fall mainly into the following categories: 

  • Stress, Anxiety, and Depression 
  • Marital and Divorce Issues
  • Family and Parenting Problems 
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Dependencies 
  • Budget and Debt Problems 
  • Bereavement and Other Losses 
  • Change in the Workplace 
  • Child and Eldercare Needs 
  • Legal Matters

Who is eligible for the EAP?

All full-time, benefit-eligible employees, their household members, dependents (in and away from home), and parents/parents-in-law are eligible.

Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Phone: (800) 227-6007


  • Learn about available resources on campus and in the community.
  • Allow room for humanity and validate the experiences of those affected. 
  • Speak out when jokes are made that are hateful and demean others.
  • Ask yourself if you use derogatory, degrading, or offensive terms when describing or discussing people, and strive to be more respectful in your communication. 
  • Serve as an advocate for minimizing the use of hateful communication.
  • Schedule or attend The Ethics of Racist Jokes workshop presented by The Cincinnati Ethics Center.

Special thanks to the following colleagues and students who helped create this page: Pat Achoe, Stephen Admonson, Lora Alberto, Vanessa Ampofo-Mensah, Amy Awtrey, Littisha Bates, Katrina Biscay, Tiffany Chin, Brandon Craig, Marcell Crawford, Tracy Davis, Brandi Elliott, McKinley Estime, Ann Gakumo, Angel Jackson, M.B. Reilly, Logan Johnson, Alexa Justice, Connie Kendall Theado, Tina Mahle, Geneva Miller, Mia Morales, Natalie Ochmann, Heidi Pettyjohn, Karla Phillips, Trent Pinto, Jennifer Radt, M.B. Reilly, Josette Riep, Molly Scruta, Paula Shear, Alecia Trammer, Byron Walton, Victoria Wangia-Anderson, and Mary Yeager.



For additional information or questions – please contact the Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Impact at (513) 556-8463 or email