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University Counseling Center (UCC)
The Victim of a Hate Incident
Facts about Hate Incidents:
A hate crime is a criminal act against a person or her/his property because of that person's actual or perceived race, color, religion, nationality, disability, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
A hate incident is an act that, while not meeting the legal definition of a crime, involved the same types of behavior and targeting of underrepresented groups. Hate incidents are more common on college campuses than hate crimes.
What You Can Do:
Talk to the victimized student in private.
Recognize that the student is probably experiencing a range of intense feelings, including shame, anger, fear and denial.
Refer the student to the Dean of Students Office.
Explain the importance of notifying the University Security.
Refer the student to the University Counseling Center (275-3113) for assessment and counseling.
Downplay the situation.
Express personal biases.
Get caught up in the technicalities or legalities of the situation.