Bias-Related Crime and Hate Crime

Empire State College takes bias incidents seriously. The college provides the following information to students and employees to assist in the prevention of and response to bias incidents. This statement meets the requirements of the New York State Hate Crimes Act of 2000 (Penal Law Article 485).

Bias Crimes, Definitions

Hate crimes, also called bias crimes or bias-related crimes, are criminal activities motivated by the perpetrator’s bias or attitude against an individual victim or group based on perceived or actual personal characteristics, such as race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or disability. Penalties for bias-related crimes are very serious and range from fines to imprisonment for lengthy periods, depending on the nature of the underlying criminal offense, the use of violence or previous convictions of the offender. If you are the victim of, or witness to, a hate/bias crime at a college location or event, report it to the appropriate local police agency. Since college services are delivered through locations across the state and the college does not have its own police force, we rely on local law enforcement to respond to reported crimes at our locations.

Reporting a Bias Crime to the College

All bias related incidents should be reported to the Office of Safety & Security 518-587-2100, ext. 2800.

Bias Incidents

Bias incidents directed at a member of a group within Empire State College that may or may not rise to the level of a crime include bigotry, harassment or intimidation based on national origin, ethnicity, race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, color, creed or marital status. Such incidents may be addressed through the State University’s Discrimination Complaint Procedure or the college’s Student Conduct Policy and Procedures. 

All bias related incidents should be reported to the Office of Safety & Security 518-587-2100, ext. 2800.

The office of safety and security will assess what resources, if any, are required or would be helpful to the reporter and forward the incident to the appropriate college personnel.