On Monday, Sean Huddleston, Framingham State University chief diversity and inclusion officer, has reportedly described a small Confederate flag sticker as a “bias incident.”
According to US Herald, Huddleston said the flag and other symbols “are not condoned by Framingham State University, stating; “Many see the Confederate flag as an inflammatory symbol of oppression and constant reminder of a dark period in the history of the United States in which slavery was a legal.
“Others may simply view this flag as a symbol of shared southern heritage and in memory of the Civil War,” he said.
With this, students filed two “bias reports” within the past month as a result of a student displaying the flag in some way, according to Metrowest Daily News.
It was learned that the recent bias incident was reported on November 19 as a student saw a Confederate flag sticker on another student’s laptop.
For Huddleston, he described incident as “bias incidents,” saying that “situations that may not rise to the level of a criminal act, but still clearly communicate offensive or derogatory behaviors.”
He added that the University understands bias incidents are “upsetting for the entire campus community,” but in particular, those who are targeted and who witness the incident.
“It is strongly suggested that anyone impacted by a bias incident find someone to speak with,” Huddleston said. He added the University provides many confidential and non-confidential resources to help those who are upset over a bias incident.