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Bias Crimes:

It is a Cornell Police mandate to protect all members of the Cornell community by preventing and prosecuting bias or hate crimes that occur within Cornell's jurisdiction.

Hate crimes, also called bias crimes or bias-related crimes, are criminal activity motivated by the perpetrator's bias or attitude against an individual victim or group based on perceived or actual personal characteristics, such as their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability. Hate/bias crimes have received renewed attention in recent years, particularly since the passage of the federal Hate/Bias Crime Reporting Act of 1990. The perpetrator's perceptions and definitions determine such a classification.

The Hate/Bias Crime Reporting Act did not make hate crimes a new category of crime, but rather mandated that all crimes that are judged to be based on racial, religious, ethnic, sexual-orientation, or disability biases must be reported both as hate/bias crimes and under their normal offense categories.

The concept of the Hate/Bias Crime Reporting Act is that the reporting of such crimes and the subsequent investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators will act as a deterrent and also help to keep the public informed of the scope of this problem.

In addition to preventing and prosecuting hate/bias crimes, Cornell Police are also involved in a program that went into effect in April of 2000 to address bias-related activities that do not rise to the level of a crime. These activities, referred to as bias incidents and defined by the university as acts of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation directed at a member or group within the Cornell community based on national origin, ethnicity, race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, color, creed, or marital status, are addressed through the University's Reporting Bias System. Bias incidents can be reported to Cornell Police, who will forward the matter to the Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity, or can be reported directly at www.biasconcerns.cornell.edu.

If you are a victim of, or witness to a hate/bias crime on campus, report it to Cornell Police by calling 911 in an emergency, using a Blue Light or other campus emergency telephone, calling 255-1111, or stopping by G2 Barton Hall. Cornell Police will investigate and follow the appropriate adjudication procedures. If you are a victim of, or witness to, a bias incident, whether on or off campus, report it to Cornell Police or at www.biasconcerns.cornell.edu.

More information about bias incidents and bias crimes, including up-to-date Cornell statistics on bias crimes, is available from:

Lt. Daniel Murphy
CU Police Operations
Cornell Police, G2 Barton Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-1702
Phone: 254-6731
E-mail: dnm3@cornell.edu

Information about the University's Reporting Bias System is available at

Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity
160 Day Hall
Ithaca NY 14853-2801
Phone: 255-3976
TDD/TTY: 255-7066, 8am-4:30pm, Mon.-Fri.
E-mail: equalopportunity@cornell.edu
Web page: http://www.hr.cornell.edu/diversity/reporting/bias_response.html