Hate and Bias Related Incidents
Together, we can create and maintain a respectful and inclusive environment that provides the support and opportunity necessary for each member of our community to prosper and achieve.
A bias/hate related incident is any suspected or confirmed offense or unlawful act that occurs to a person or private property on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity. An offense is bias based if the motive for the commission of the offense or unlawful act pertains to race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity. Not all bias/hate related incidents are bias crimes. A bias or hate crime is a criminal offense against a person or property, which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against any of the above-mentioned characteristics
What to Report
If you are not sure you have experienced a hate crime and would like to discuss the incident, please call EOAA at 845.437.7924
Even if a reported incident is not one that constitutes a hate crime or an incident that violates a college policy, we will learn from the reports and obtain feedback on how we can improve some aspect of the campus climate. Reports may result in individual education or new efforts to improve some aspect of campus life.
In all instances, individuals who experience acts of hate, bias, harassment or discrimination should feel they have a safe space in which to report the behavior and receive support.
Vassar College is committed to provide such safe spaces and to support a comprehensive reporting mechanism for incidents of bias so that we may better understand our campus climate and work continuously to improve it.
Where to Report
If you witness or have experienced a hate or bias related incident, report it directly to the Vassar College Security Department at (845) 437-7333.
The college is committed to providing a number of safe spaces for community members. The staff of these offices has been trained to be welcoming and sensitive to student, staff and community concerns. Please do not feel boxed into any one category or office; people from all backgrounds are invited to report, explore, and share.
If you witness or experience conduct that discriminates, stereotypes, excludes, harasses or harms anyone in our community based on their identity (such as race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age or religion) please report it to the college.