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    What is a bias-related incident?

    Le Moyne College defines a bias-related incident as behavior that constitutes an expression of hostility against the person or property of another because of the targeted person‘s race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, or disability.

    Bias-related incidents include, but are not limited to, non-threatening name calling and using degrading language or slurs that are directed toward a person because of his or her membership or perceived membership in a protected class and that create a hostile environment for that person.

    Questions or concerns contact:
    Bennie D. Williams

    What is a hate crime?

    Le Moyne College defines a hate crime as conduct, such as threats of violence, property damage, personal injury and other illegal conduct which are motivated and/or accompanied by bias.

    According to the New York State Penal Law Section 485, a person commits a hate crime or bias-related incident when he or she commits 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 that 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.
     

    Why report a bias-related incident

    While bias-related incidents sometimes target specific individuals, they often violate an entire group or community. Le Moyne College is committed to being an inclusive community; therefore any act that may pose a threat to our community is taken seriously. When a bias-related incident does target specific individuals because of their race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or other protected characteristic, even those individuals not directly targeted may feel at risk. Bias-related incidents harm our community and can create hostile living and learning environments.

    There are times when no one knows who committed a bias-related act. However, it is important that anyone who sees evidence of a bias-related incident report it. Whether it is graffiti or markings on property, or interactions between individuals, collecting accurate data about hate and bias-related incidents on campus aids the College in understanding the climate of our community, designing services and programs for the campus, and responding with quick and effective interventions to these incidents.

    Reporting the incident may lead to an investigation, and if either a witness or the investigation identifies the person responsible, the College can hold that person accountable for their actions.

    The Bias Related Incident (BRI) Team is composed of professionals from the following offices:

    • Office of Multicultural Affairs (Bennie Williams, Director)
    • The Division of Student Development (Mark Godleski, Asst. Dean for Student Development)
    • The Division of Academic Affairs (Jennifer Glancy, Professor of Religious Studies)
    • The Division of Enrollment Management (Esi Asare, Director of Multicultural Admission)
    • Campus Security (Sgt. Steve Bear)
    • Center for Race, Diversity, and Inclusion (Ludger Viefhues-Bailey)
    • Center for Women and Gender Studies  (Ludger Viefhues-Bailey)
    • CSTE/STEP (Darshini Roopnarine, Director)

    How Do I Submit a Bias-Related Incident? You can either use our Bias Reporting System or contact Campus Security by calling 315.445.4444 or visiting the Campus Security Office located in the basement of Nelligan Hall Submit an Incident