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Title: Hate Crimes Bias Motivated Incidents

Hate Crimes Bias Motivated Incidents
  • University Security
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato

Hate Crimes Bias-motivated Incidents Defined
  • Hate crime generally defined as a crime which in
    whole or part is motivated by the offenders bias
    toward the victims status.
  • Bias motivated incident is an action in which a
    person is made aware that her/his status is
    offensive to another, but does not rise to the
    level of a crime

Hate Crimes
  • Murder, Manslaughter, Robbery, Aggravated
  • Assault, Burglary, Motor Vehicle Theft, Arson,
  • Forcible Non-forcible Sex Offenses,
  • Destruction, Damage or Vandalism of Property
  • any other crimes involving injury to any person
  • or property in which the victim is intentionally
  • selected because of actual or perceived race,
  • religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or
    disability of
  • the victim.

Bias-motivated Incidents
  • Incident that do not fall into one of the crime
  • categories, hate offenses are referred to as
  • bias-motivated incidents. May include
  • Minor harassment
  • Verbal slurs
  • May be precursors to more serious hate
  • motivated violence

Reporting Hate Crimes Bias-motivated Incidents
  • Some occur without ever being officially reported
  • Some dont report because they want to put the
    incident behind them
  • Others not aware of or do not have access to
    proper resources which can offer assistance

How Do We Increase Reporting?
  • Make it as easy as possible
  • Confidential reporting?
  • Make sure victims know who they can report these
    crimes or incidents to
  • Provide victims with choice of pressing charges
    or taking some other action
  • When incidents do happen, send a clear message
    strongly condemning

Campus Response
  • Notify University Security
  • Notify Mankato Police
  • Members who may be involved
  • Security Director, Vice President of Student
    Affairs, Director of Student Rights and
    Responsibilities, Legal Counsel, Others dependant
    on nature of incident (e.g. American
    Intercultural Center, LGBT Center Director etc.)

Campus Response contd
  • Victim Assistance Resources
  • Staff trained to address
  • Special considerations
  • Adequately implement response
  • Presidents strong public position in support
  • Demonstrates commitment

Campus Response contd
  • Communication media relations
  • Reduce rumors
  • Provide accurate timely information
  • Work w/ Media Relations Cabinet to develop
    appropriate communications
  • Take seriously, quick response crucial
  • Offenders look for reaction from community if
    ignored easily conclude others sympathetic to

Bias Incident Example
  • A Resident Assistant finds that someone has
    scrawled KKK on the lobby wall of a residence

Hate Crime Example
  • Several students come into your office to report
    that someone sent threatening email messages to
    specific minority international students,
    opening with the line,
  • Your time is up
  • Go back home

Hate Crime Example
  • Last night a group of white men shout racial
    slurs at four international students outside of a
    bar in downtown Mankato, ending in a fight.
  • All four students were injured taken to the
    hospital. Two of the students remain in the
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