220.027 – HATE-BIAS INCIDENT/CRIMES POLICY

Date Revised: December 2019

POLICY
Under the Federal statutes of the United States, a hate crime is defined as a criminal offense that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator’s bias against the victim. The categories of reportable hate crimes defined by the Clery Act are: religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, or disability.

A bias incident is any event of intolerance or prejudice, not involving violence or other criminal conduct, intended to threaten, offend or intimidate another because of the other’s race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or physical or mental disability. Examples of bias incidents include hate speech, gay bashing, racist epithets, religious slurs, sexist jokes or cartoons, hate mail, offensive graffiti, or disparaging remarks on social media sites. Such incidents create a socially divisive atmosphere for targeted members of the community and negatively affect the campus climate.

PROCEDURE
Discovery of a possible hate/bias incident or crime should be reported via the Online Incident Report immediately.

  • The Student Affairs Coordinator will initiate an appropriate investigation with the assistance of appropriate Campus Oversight Team members to interview witnesses and secure/preserve the evidence.
  • The President and Provost’s will be notified immediately.
  • The Rockport Police Department will be notified immediately.
  • The Rockport Police Department will come on scene and make an initial determination as to whether a hate bias incident/crime has taken place.
  • No hateful writing and or symbols will be removed until authorized by appropriate authority.
  • Maine Media Workshops + College’s initial report will be provided by fax to the Maine Attorney General’s office.