Definitions

When it comes to talking about bias incidents and hate crimes, it helps to define these terms more clearly.

Bias Incident

A bias incident is an act of conduct, speech, or expression whose bias motive is evident as a contributing factor (regardless of whether the act is criminal). Bias incidents take many forms—words, signs, symbols, threats or actions—and may take place in electronic or real-world contexts. They may include intimidation, vandalism, destruction of property, or expressions of hate or hostility. They have an adverse impact on our learning environment that is inclusive of all. Bias incidents can cause alarm, anger, fear, or resentment in others or endanger the health, safety, or welfare of anyone in the University community. They are directed toward an individual or group because of their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or Vietnam-era or disabled veteran status.

Hate Crime

A hate crime is a criminal offense committed against a person that is motivated in whole or in part by the alleged perpetrator’s bias against a race, religion, disability status, ethnicity/national origin, gender, or sexual orientation. Hate crimes may include threatened, attempted, or actual crimes; and may include assault and battery, vandalism, or other destruction of property, or verbal threats of physical harm. Harassment or intimidation may also be hate crimes when used to deprive or interfere with a person's exercise of civil rights.

Targeted Student or Group

A targeted student or group is an individual or group who believes or perceives that they have been the victim of a bias incident and/or hate crime based on their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or Vietnam-era or disabled veteran status.