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Bias Acts & Hate Crimes

The college will take proactive steps to create an educational environment that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion and will provide support to individuals who report bias acts or hate crimes. SUNY Plattsburgh will strive towards creating an atmosphere in which all persons and groups can work and study free of bias acts.

Bias acts encompass a broad range of negative behaviors that target individuals or groups based on actual or perceived characteristics and/or membership in groups. For the health and well-being of the campus community it is critical that individuals or groups who are targeted and/or affected by bias acts are able to easily report the incident and receive services, as needed.

The Bias Response Team (BRT) oversees the responses to individuals and/or communities who have been affected by bias acts. Responses may include referral for investigation and adjudication, as appropriate, by University Police, the affirmative action office, and/or human resource services. Other kinds of responses (e.g., passive or active programming about bias acts, facilitated meetings among those who have perpetrated bias acts and those who have been targeted, etc.) are arranged on a case-by-case basis. Persons or communities who have been targeted will be contacted by a member of the team to discuss possible responses and options for investigation and adjudication.

For information about bias acts and the college’s response, please contact a member of the Bias Acts Response Team, or contact one of these bias acts response offices:

Office Name Office Location Phone Number
University Police Department Health Center Building 518-564-2022
Affirmative Action Office 110 Angell College Center 518-564-3281
Title IX Office 110 Angell College Center 518-564-3281
Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 610 Kehoe Administration Building 518-564-5409
  • Definitions of Bias Acts and Hate Crimes

    Bias Act

    A bias act is conduct that adversely and unfairly targets an individual or group based on, or in substantial part, a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or gender expression, religion, religious practice, age, ability, or sexual orientation, ethnicity, veteran status, creed, marital status, socioeconomic standing 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 Plattsburgh campus or within an area that affects the campus community. Activity protected by the First Amendment will not constitute bias acts.

    Hate Crime

    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.

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