Policy 709 - Bias/Hate Crimes

Section: Employee Relations
Policy Number: 709
Responsible Office: HR/Equal Opportunity and Compliance
Effective Date: 6/30/02
Revised: 10/1/12


This policy applies to all University faculty, staff, administrators, and students.


Our nation was built and thrives on the strength of its diversity and the breadth of its opportunities. At St. John’s we are fortunate and proud to reside in one of our Country’s most diverse states, New York. Our very Mission leads us to embrace the Judeo-Christian ideals of respect for the rights and dignity of every person, and to create an atmosphere in which all may imbibe and embody the spirit of compassionate concern for others. Our Mission and a strong commitment to our Core Values of truth, love, respect, opportunity, excellence and service, support and direct the bias/hate crimes policy of the University.

The University abides by all applicable federal, state, and local laws which prohibit any acts or perceived acts or threats of violence motivated by hate or bias. Members of the University community are obligated to report all crimes to the proper authorities, including those motivated by hate or bias, as soon as possible. The Public Safety Department will classify and record hate and bias crimes pursuant to New York State Penal Law. The Public Safety Department will ensure that such crimes are reported to the police department, and the Vice President for Public Safety will coordinate with the appropriate hate crime units of the police departments that have jurisdiction for our campuses to address any reported incidence of hate or bias.

Definition of a Hate Crime or Bias-Motivated Crime

Hate crime or bias-motivated crime is in whole or in part motivated by the perpetrator’s bias towards a victim’s actual or perceived status with respect to his or her race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. Perpetrators of hate crimes use physical violence, verbal threats of violence, vandalism and in some cases weapons, explosives, and arson, to instill fear in their victims, leaving them vulnerable to subsequent attacks and feeling alienated, helpless, suspicious and fearful. Faculty, staff, administrators or students who violate the University’s policy are subject to university disciplinary action up to and including suspension, expulsion or termination of employment. Individuals may also be subjected to criminal prosecution by the appropriate local, state and federal authorities.

Student Resources

The Student Handbook has additional information and guidelines for students concerning bias and hate crimes.

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