Why it is important to report bias incidents and hate crimes? The police and the University need to know the number, type, and range of bias incidents and hate crimes that impact our community. Reporting these acts will help Suffolk University identify the problem areas to improve services that deal with this type of victimization.
As a witness to a bias incident or hate crime, you have a unique opportunity to play a vital role in the internal and/or external justice system. By reporting the incident, information you provide will help the University ensure that offenders answer for their offenses and will help resolve larger issues. The information you give by reporting a hate crime or incident you may witness will:
- Help bring the perpetrator to justice—this could prevent further occurrences and protect other Suffolk University community members;
- Help you—you may find it beneficial to talk about what has happened and your feelings about it;
- Help the Suffolk University community—all such offenses have a negative effect on our community and should be pursued actively.
If you believe that you may have witnessed a bias incident or and/or a hate crime, there are several steps you should follow:
- If necessary, obtain medical attention, and if you feel unsafe call SUPD immediately at 617.573.8111.
- If possible, preserve any evidence and document the incident as thoroughly as possible (graffiti, phone call recording, e-mail message, letter, and so forth) by taking pictures, videotaping, and writing down everything you or witnesses remember, and keeping the contact information of any witnesses.
- Report the incident to the appropriate authority. Anyone may report a bias incident to:
- SUPD at 617.573.8111
- Dean of Students at 617.573.8239
- RA or other Residence Life Staff Member
- You may also report the incident on line and/or anonymously. Anonymous reporting, however, may impact the University’s ability to respond or pursue appropriate action against the alleged perpetrators. On-line reports will be reviewed by the dean of students, or designee.
- If you are not sure whether or not a bias incident may be a hate crime, report it anyway to SUPD at 617.573.8239.