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Hate Crimes/Bias Related Incidents
It is the policy of Niagara County Community College to establish an environment in which dignity and worth of all members of the College community are respected. In keeping with the principle, bias related crimes against students, employees or a third party (defined as prospective and for the former students as well other visitors to the campus, including: parents, vendors, contractors etc.) is considered a criminal act under the hate crime law and will not be tolerated. Bias related or hate crimes subverts the mission of the College and undermines the educational process. In relationships between members of the College community, it creates an atmosphere that is not conducive to learning and teaching.
Niagara County Community College is committed to all provisions of and in compliance with Hate Crimes Act of 2000, Legislation Ch. 590 L.2003, and Penal Law 485. Based on federal and state reporting requirements there are varying definitions on hate crimes. The definition most widely used by law enforcement agencies is from the U.S. Department of Justice publication Hate Crimes Data Collections Guidelines. These Guidelines define a hate/bias crime as: "Any criminal offense committed against a person or property which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender's bias against race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability."
REPORTING, RESPONSE AND SECURITY PROCEDURES FOR ALL RELATED INCIDENTS HATE CRIMES AND/OR BIAS
The college encourages the reporting of all such situations to the NCCC Campus Security Department and/or someone who can help find the available college resources:
|Office of Equity and Diversity||A235||614-6295|
|Vice President of Student Services||A265||614-6240|
Hate crimes or Bias Related incidents shall be reported to the NCCC Campus Security Department, who are required to report such incidents to law enforcement agencies based upon the nature of the incident. When the victim reports the incident, a "response team" will be identified to assist the victim. Upon notification, the NCCC Campus Security Department will assist the victim with:
- Gaining appropriate medical services to assess physical and emotional well-being, if necessary.
- Contact law enforcement agency.
- Preserve any evidence (graffiti, phone call recording, email messages, letter etc.)
- Provide relevant forms to the victim.