How to Report

Suffolk University does not tolerate bias incidents and hate crimes. If one occurs, we want to know about it. You can report a bias incident and/or hate crime to campus authorities in several ways.

Why is it 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.

Bias incidents and hate crimes can be reported:

  • In person or via telephone to the Suffolk University Police Department (SUPD) at 617-573-8111. A targeted student or group may meet with a member of SUPD to report a bias incident or 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. RAs and members of the Residence Life staff are required to report a bias incident to their 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 affect 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.

Please note: 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 before contacting Facilities to remove it.

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

If the Target is a Student or Group, and the Perpetrator is a student

Submit a report to any of the following

  • 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

Follow-up and adjudication may include

  • 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

If the Target is a Student, and the Perpetrator is a faculty or staff Member

Submit a report to any of the following

Follow-up and adjudication may include

  • 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

Support for the target of a Bias Incident or Hate Crime is available from

  • Counseling Center
  • Interfaith Center
  • Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion
  • Disability Services
  • Center for International Education
  • Student Affairs