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Definition of Bias Related Incidents

A bias related incident is any behavior — verbal or physical — that stigmatizes or victimizes individuals or creates a hostile environment for individuals due to that individual's actual or perceived gender, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, mental or physical disability, family or marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information or gender identity is considered a bias related incident. A hate crime is an actual criminal offense motivated in whole or in part by the offender's bias towards the victim's actual or perceived gender, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, mental or physical disability, family or marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information or gender identity.

Definition of Hate Crimes

A hate crime is defined by the Uniform Crime Reports as “a criminal act which was motivated by bias against any person or group of persons, or the property of any person or group of persons because of the ethnicity, race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability of the person or group, or bias based upon the perception that the person or group has one or more of those characteristics.”

{See also Hazing, Harassment, and Violence.}