Bias and Hate Crime Prevention

Hate Crimes and the Law

Clinton Community College strives to protect all members of the college community by preventing and prosecuting bias or hate crimes that occur within the college's jurisdiction.

Hate crimes, also called bias crimes or bias-related crimes, are criminal activity motivated by the perpetrator's bias or attitude against an individual victim or group based on perceived or actual personal characteristics, such as their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Hate/bias crimes have received renewed attention in recent years, particularly since the passage of the Federal Hate/Bias Crime Reporting Act of 1990 and the New York State Hate Crimes Act of 2000 (Penal Law Article 485).

Penalties for bias-related crimes are very serious and range from fines to imprisonment for lengthy periods, depending on the nature of the underlying criminal offense, the use of violence or previous convictions of the offender. Perpetrators who are students will also be subject to campus disciplinary procedures where sanctions including dismissal are possible.

In addition to preventing and prosecuting hate/bias crimes, Clinton Community College strives to address bias-related activities that do not rise to the level of a crime. These activities, referred to as bias incidents and defined as acts of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation directed at a member or group within the college community based on national origin, ethnicity, race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, color, creed, or marital status, may be addressed through the campus conduct code. Bias-related incidents can be reported to the Office of Student Affairs in the Moore Academic Building, or by calling the Title IX Coordinator at 562-4137. Please refer to the Policy Against Harassment and Discrimination/Bias for more information.

If you are a victim of, or witness to, a hate/bias crime on campus, report it to the Office of Student Affairs, room 229M, or call 518-562-4120.  If the bias or hate crime was an act of sexual violence or misconduct, please contact the Title IX Coordinator in room 225M or call 518-562-4137. These individuals will put protective measures in place, investigate and follow the appropriate adjudication procedures.

Victims of bias crime or bias incidents can avail themselves of counseling and support services from the campus as follows: Counseling & Advisement Office, Room 146M