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Definition of Hate Crime

Hate crimes are criminal offenses under state and federal law that are motivated by bias toward a victim’s race, color, creed, religion, disability, national origin, gender, age, marital status, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation including gender identity. Hate crimes may include assault and battery, vandalism, destruction of property, verbal threats of physical harm. Harassment or intimidation may also be a hate crime when used to deprive or interfere with a person’s exercise of civil rights. Perpetrators of hate crimes are subject to criminal prosecution.


Definition of Bias-Motivated Offensive Conduct or Hate Incident

Bias-motivated offensive conduct or hate incident is behavior motivated by hate but is protected by the First Amendment. However, incidents in this category are considered to violate University behavioral standards and policy and may be subject to discipline, including suspension or dismissal from the University, under the Student Conduct Code or the Teaching and Learning Policy. This conduct is an expression of disrespectful bias, hate, harassment, or hostility against an individual or group based on race, color, creed, religion, disability, national origin, gender, age, marital status, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation including gender identity.

 

Definition of Harassment

Harassment is oral, written, graphic or physical conduct that is derogatory, hostile, and based on a person’s race, color, creed, religion, disability, national origin, gender, age, marital status, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation including gender identity. Such conduct creates an environment that interferes or limits the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from campus programs and activities. Such activity includes phone and email communication. (Colgate U)

Sexual Harassment is an unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, and other verbal and/or physical contact of a sexual nature when submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or status as a student or is used as a basis for an employment or academic decisions, or interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or learning environment. (UMD OEO)

 

Definition of Discrimination

Discrimination is based on an individual’s membership in a particular group and includes prejudicial and disadvantageous treatment or consideration and actions that are restrictive or exclusionary. (Wikipedia)

 

Definition of Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is actual, attempted, or threatened sexual contact with another person without that person's consent. Sexual assault often is a criminal act that can be prosecuted under Minnesota state law, as well as under the Student Conduct Code and employee discipline procedures. Sexual assault is any sexual activity involving a person who does not or cannot consent (e.g., an intoxicated person cannot give consent). Examples of sexual assault include rape and touching of private body parts (both under or over clothing). Examples of unwanted sexual contact include indecent exposure, obscene phone calls, sexting (texting sexual content), and internet distribution of sexual materials. All rape is sexual assault, but not all sexual assault is rape. These types of behavior are not tolerated at the University. (UMD OEO)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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