Bias and Hate Related Incidents

Bias and Hate Related Incidents

Hartwick College values pluralism: a state in which diverse groups co-exist and interact without necessarily losing their individual identities. We seek to critically address and reduce all forms of prejudice, to foster diversity, and to reduce ethnocentrism and intolerance. Our goal is to increase the presence of underrepresented groups on campus, improve the quality of life of students of racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds, and broaden the understanding, awareness, and appreciation of diversity among all members of the Hartwick community.

The Hartwick College community is dedicated to uncovering, exploring, critiquing, and overcoming the societal conditions that undermine the ideal of a pluralistic society. We strive to foster democratic values and responsible national and global citizenship. We strive to create a climate that maximizes each individual’s capacity to learn and work, and an institution in which diversity is embraced, valued, and celebrated.

Hartwick College informs students and employees about bias/hate-related crime and prevention measures through programs that include workshops, seminars, discussion groups, and orientation sessions as well as printed or web-based materials. The purpose of these programs and information resources is to disseminate information about bias/hate-related crime, promote discussion, encourage reporting of incidents of such crime, and facilitate prevention.

I. Definition of Bias/Hate-Related Incidents

Federal, state, and local law define bias/hate crimes as any criminal offense or attempted criminal offense that one could reasonably conclude is motivated, in whole or in part, by the perpetrator’s bias or attitude against an individual victim or group based on perceived or actual personal characteristics. Such characteristics include age, ancestry or ethnicity, disability, economic status, gender, height or weight, immigration or citizenship status, marital status, race, religion or religious practices, or sexual orientation.

Such crimes can involve racial epithets, disparate treatment based on racially or gender-related assumptions, sexually discriminatory behaviors in terms of “hostile environment” (sexual harassment), and intolerance toward openly gay students and employees (in language and action). The categories include, but are not limited to:

  • faculty/staff-to-student incidents;
  • student-to-faculty/staff incidents;
  • faculty/staff-to-faculty/staff incidents; and
  • student-to-student cases.

II. Applicable Laws, Ordinances and Regulations

A person commits a bias or hate crime when they commit a specified offense and either:

  • intentionally selects the person against whom the offense is committed or intended to be 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, or
  • intentionally commits the act or acts constituting the offense 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. The laws on and penalties for the commission of bias/hate-related crimes, are codified in article 485 of the New York State penal law. Should the victim pursue judicial action through the College, College procedures for adjudication and disciplinary sanctions will apply. The College will also refer the incident to local, state, or federal law enforcement as appropriate based on the wishes of the complainant or the decision of the College.

III.  Identifying and Reporting Bias/Hate-Related Crime

Members of the College community should notify the Office of Campus Safety (ext. 0 or 4111) immediately of all incidents of bias/hate-related crime so that protection—including police protection—can be provided if needed.

Incidents of bias/hate related crimes may be filed online through the following reporting link:

Reporting Bias/Hate Related Incidents

A report may also be filed with any of the on-campus designated personnel (see below). These individuals can provide the complainant an opportunity to explore, in a private, one-on-one discussion, the full range of legal, medical, and counseling supports available.When the accused is a College employee, the complainant may also file a report with the Hartwick College Office of Human Resources. When the accused is a College student, the complainant may also file a report with the Hartwick College Office of Student Experience.  Complainants may pursue a College judicial hearing by filing formal charges with the College, whether or not they pursue the case via formal charges through the New York State criminal system.

Complainants may file formal charges with the police. If desired, Hartwick’s Office of Campus Safety will provide individuals with information to help them with that decision. Campus safety officers or representatives of the College are available to assist the complainant with filing formal charges with law enforcement.

Should an individual witness a bias/hate-related incident, they may provide a valuable resource to the College in reconstructing the incident so that an appropriate response can be made or investigation completed. The College values the willingness of witnesses to step forward and assist College authorities in the investigation of such matters.

IV.  Personnel and Support Contacts

Matters related to bias/hate crimes may be addressed to:

  • The Office of Campus Safety, Dewar Hall, 607-431-4111 or ext. 0 or 911
  • The Office of Student Experience, Dewar Hall, 607-431-4500
  • The Office of Human Resources, Shineman Chapel House, 607-431-4315

Resources available include:

  • Counseling Services, Perrella Wellness Center, 607-431-4420
  • Health Center, Perrella Wellness Center, 607-431-4120
  • International Student Advisor, Golisano Hall, 607-431-4423
  • Employee Assistance Program (Contact HR for benefit details) 607-431-4315
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