Bias-Related Crime and Hate Crime

Empire State College takes bias crimes seriously. The college provides the following information to students and employees to assist in the prevention of and response to bias crimes. This statement meets the requirements of the New York State Hate Crimes Act of 2000 (Penal Law Article 485). Copies of the New York state law are available on the college’s website.

Bias Crimes, Definitions

Hate crimes, also called bias crimes or bias-related crimes, are criminal activities motivated by the perpetrator’s bias or attitude against an individual victim or group based on perceived or actual personal characteristics, such as race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or disability. Penalties for bias-related crimes are very serious and range from fines to imprisonment for lengthy periods, depending on the nature of the underlying criminal offense, the use of violence or previous convictions of the offender. If you are the victim of, or witness to, a hate/bias crime at a college location or event, report it to the appropriate local police agency. Since college services are delivered through locations across the state and the college does not have its own police force, we rely on local law enforcement to respond to reported crimes at our locations.

Reporting a Bias Crime to the College

The incident should be reported to a college official. Students and employees may report the crime to the dean of the center or program director. He or she will ensure that the proper individuals in the college are notified. Incidents also may be reported to the appropriate staff member at the college’s Coordinating Center in Saratoga Springs:

  • If the accused is a member of the college faculty or staff, in addition to filing a police report, report the crime to the assistant vice president for human resources at 518-587-2100 ext. 2240.
  • If the accused is a student at the college, in addition to filing a police report, report the crime to the assistant to the provost/vice president for academic affairs at 518-587-2100 ext. 2263.

Bias Incidents

Bias incidents directed at a member of a group within Empire State College that do not rise to the level of a crime include bigotry, harassment or intimidation based on national origin, ethnicity, race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, color, creed or marital status. Such incidents may be addressed through the State University’s Discrimination Complaint Procedure or the college’s Student Conduct Policy and Procedures. Bias incidents can be reported to the following individuals:

Mary Morton
affirmative action officer
Office of the President
Empire State College
2 Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-4390
518-587-2100, ext. 2265

Victims of bias crimes or incidents may seek counseling services from their own health care providers. The college does not offer counseling services.