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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 (585) 275-3113 for assessment and counseling.


  • Downplay the situation.
  • Express personal biases.
  • Get caught up in the technicalities or legalities of the situation.

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