If a bias incident and/or hate crime is in the form of graffiti or other posting, it should not be removed or destroyed. SUPD should be called immediately at (617) 573-8111. The graffiti or posting may be temporarily covered as long as the covering does not damage the graffiti or posting. SUPD will photograph the graffiti or posting and will contact Facilities to remove the graffiti or posting.

Bias incidents and hate crimes may be reported:

  • In person or via telephone to the Suffolk University Police Department (SUPD) at (617) 573-8111, Donahue Lobby. A targeted student or group may meet with a member of the SUPD to report a bias incident or a hate crime. SUPD will forward the report to the dean of students, or designee who will offer to review the Policy Against Bias Incidents and/or Hate Crimes and discuss options for follow-up. The targeted person and/or group will have an opportunity to explore response options, discuss what role he or she would like to play in response efforts and learn about options for support.
  • To an RA or member of the Residence Life Staff. The RA or member of the Residence Life staff is required to report the bias incident to his/her supervisor who will inform the dean of students, or designee. SUPD may also be notified – especially if the bias incident or hate speech is in the form of graffiti or vandalism. 
  • To the Student Affairs Office at (617) 573-8239, 73 Tremont Street, 12th floor. The dean of students, or designee, will meet with the targeted student or group to learn about the incident and to review the Policy Against Bias Incidents and/or Hate Crimes and to discuss options for follow-up. The targeted person and/or group will have an opportunity to explore response options, discuss what role he or she would like to play in response efforts and learn about options for support.
  • Online and/or Anonymously. Reports may be made via our online form. Anonymous reporting, however, may impact the University’s ability to respond or pursue appropriate action against the alleged perpetrators. Online reports will be reviewed by the dean of students, or designee.

This chart may be useful to outline the appropriate reporting and follow-up process under this protocol:

Target Perpetrator
Submit a report to any of the following
Follow-up and adjudication may include
Target support
Student or Student Group Student
  • SUPD, (617) 573-8111
  • Dean of Students, (617) 573-8239
  • If you are a resident student, RA or Residence Life Staff Member
  • Anonymous Online Report
  • Possible Investigation by SUPD
  • Possible Investigation by Student Affairs
  • Possible Convening of the Bias Incident Response Team
  • Possible Referral for Disciplinary Action
  • Possible Mediation or Other Resolution 
  • Counseling Center
  • Interfaith Center
  • Diversity Services
  • Disability Services
  • Center for International Education
  • Student Affairs
Student Faculty or Staff Member
  • Possible Investigation by SUPD
  • Possible Investigation by Student Affairs
  • Possible Convening of the Bias Incident Response Team
  • Possible Mediation or Other Resolution
  • Recommendation to College or SBS Dean or Human Resources for Follow-up Action
  • Counseling Center
  • Interfaith Center
  • Diversity Services
  • Disability Services
  • Center for International Education
  • Student Affairs