Any time student members of the Suffolk University community feel belittled, disrespected, marginalized, threatened, or unsafe because of who they are, the entire University community is diminished. This Policy Against Bias Incidents and Hate Crimes articulates the University’s position that bias incidents and hate crimes have no place at Suffolk University and will not be tolerated. This protocol uses the term "bias incident" and “hate crime” to refer to behavior that, whether or not criminal, constitutes a violation of behavioral standards and policies listed in the Community Standards of Suffolk University. Students alleged to have violated this policy are subject to discipline in accordance with the procedures established by the Policy in Opposition to Harassment, Including Sexual Harassment, and, if found responsible, may face sanctions up to and including suspension or dismissal from the University. Students are also subject to state and federal laws for criminal behavior regarding hate crimes.