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University Counseling Center
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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