Bias Acts and Hate Crimes
According to New York State Penal Law § 485.05, a person commits a hate crime when he or she commits a specified criminal offense and either intentionally commits the act or intentionally selects the person against whom the offense is committed in whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability, or sexual orientation of a person, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct.
A bias act is conduct that adversely and unfairly targets an individual or group based on the social identity categories of national origin, ethnicity, race, age, religion, gender, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, color, creed, marital status or any combination of these characteristics. The perpetrators may be known or unknown and the act may be verbal, written or physical and occur on the SUNY Oneonta campus or within an area that affects the campus community. Activity protected by the First Amendment will not constitute bias acts.
Information about the College’s response to bias acts and hate crimes can be found at http://www.oneonta.edu/bias and is disseminated through the Office of Human Resources, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the Office of Student Conduct, and the University Police Department. Anyone who believes that she/he has been the victim of a hate crime or bias act is encouraged to seek assistance at any of those offices.
PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING BIAS ACTS
IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE THE TARGET OF OR IF YOU WITNESS A BIAS RELATED ACT, PLEASE FOLLOW THE REPORTING PROCEDURE OUTLINED BELOW:
- Do not erase or clean it. Contact University Police immediately so that an officer will take photographs and/or record the contents of the graffiti, as well as collect any other evidence available.
- If you cannot remain at the scene until an officer arrives, cover any graffiti/evidence with a piece of paper. Write on the paper that UPD was called and give the date and time of your call. This will prevent others from seeing it and making additional calls or erasing the evidence.
- If you are told by someone that they observed bias related graffiti, you or the person who told you should contact University Police. However, if you are told that the evidence of this graffiti has been cleaned or erased you should contact the Office of Student Development and provide as much information as you have about the time and place the graffiti was seen.
OTHER PROPERTY DAMAGE
- Do not attempt to clean or repair the damage.
- Contact University Police immediately for an officer to collect evidence and record the damage. University Police and/or Residence Life may contact an emergency maintenance staff member if the damage makes a structure unsafe.
VERBAL HARASSMENT AND/OR THREATS
- Contact University Police immediately for medical evaluation and assistance by dialing 911 from any campus phone or 607-436-3550 from a cell phone. For employees, this also falls under the Workplace Violence policy. A University Police Officer will direct you regarding how to proceed.
If you and/or witnesses want to remain anonymous, you may still report a bias act by using Silent Witness on the University Police Department website at http://www.oneonta.edu/admin/police/pages/silent_witness.asp. There will be limited investigation, but it will provide a record that may assist officers in resolving other cases. Anonymous reports will also assist the campus in keeping a more accurate record of bias acts that occur in our community.
INFORMATION REGARDING BIAS ACTS AND HATE CRIMES
More information can be found at http://www.oneonta.edu/bias
Bias incidents can be very upsetting to not only the targeted person but also to the whole community. There are many offices on campus that can help by providing support to individuals and by providing community-based educational programs.
101 Counseling, Health & Wellness Center
Gender & Sexuality Resource Center
Hunt Union, 2nd floor
Coordinator, Elliot Ruggles, MSW, MEd
Multicultural Student Affairs office
Coordinator: Bernadette Tiapo
114 Netzer Administration Building
Student Disability Services
Director: Craig Levins
209 Alumni Hall
Mon - Fri: 8am - 4:30pm
Office of Equity and Inclusion
Director: Dr. B. Cecelia Zapata
133 Netzer Administration Building
Student Conduct Officer
Director: Amanda L. Kiakis
119 Netzer Administration Building