- What is a hate crime?
- What are some examples of hate crimes?
- What is a bias-related incident?
- What are some examples of bias-related incidents?
- How can I report a hate crime or bias-related incident?
- What benefits does the University get from having a diverse community?
- Why are bias-related incidents of concern?
- How will the University respond when it learns of hate crimes or bias-related incidents?
- What resources exist for supporting community members who have been the target of hate crimes and incidents?
- What types of personal characteristics are protected from discrimination in the University’s official policies?
- What is the difference between discrimination and bias-related incidents?
- Can individuals who engage in hateful speech be arrested or disciplined by the University?
- How can I arrange an educational program on this topic for my campus department or student organization?
What is a hate crime?
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a hate crime is a “crime of violence, property damage, or threat that is motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias based on race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.”
Within the State of Michigan, a person is guilty of ethnic intimidation if that person maliciously threatens or physically contacts a person with intent to intimidate, harass or damage the property of that person because of his or her race, color, religion, gender or national origin.
The University of Michigan-Flint also recognizes additional categories of potential bias, such as sex, gender identity or expression and age.
What are some examples of hate crimes?
What is a bias-related incident?
What are some examples of bias-related incidents?
How can I report a hate crime or bias-related incident?
Public Safety can be contacted by dialing 911 (emergency) or by dialing 810-762-3335. We can also be contacted on any “blue light” on-campus phone.
If you believe you have experienced a hate crime, you may report it directly to the Department of Public Safety at (810) 762-3333.
To report a bias-related incident, click here.
The following units are available for consultation concerning hate crimes and bias-related incidents on the Flint campus.
Office of Housing and Residential Life
Campus Counselor-Student Development Center
Department of Public Safety
102 Hubbard Building
Diversity Education Services (EDS)
Ellen Bommarito (LGBT) Center
International Student Center (ISC)
Office of the Ombuds
Office of Student Life
Urban Health and Wellness Center
Women's Educational Center (WEC)
What benefits does the University get from having a diverse community?
Why are bias-related incidents of concern?
How will the University respond when it learns of hate crimes or bias-related incidents?
The University is committed to act responsibly when it learns of incidents motivated by hate or bias. Such occurrences, if they constitute a criminal act such as assault or property damage, should be reported to the police and will be fully investigated. Other acts of intolerance may violate University policies or community standards. In those instances we will pursue a range of remedies that may include disciplinary action as well as community education and dialogue.
When you report a bias incident, University staff will help you determine the possible next steps, explain the relevant processes, and offer counseling and support or refer you to other offices that may provide support.
What resources exist for supporting community members who have been the target of hate crimes and incidents?
What types of personal characteristics are protected from discrimination in the University’s official policies?
What is the difference between discrimination and bias-related incidents?
Unlawful discrimination refers to specific conduct prohibited by law that unfairly treats people differently because of their characteristics or perceived characteristics that the law deems to be unrelated to merit. An example of unlawful discrimination would be to deny membership into a group because a person is Muslim.
Bias is a preconceived negative opinion or attitude about a group of people who possess common physical characteristic or cultural experiences. An example of a bias incident, would be writing racist or homophobic graffiti on the door of an office or classroom.
Unlawful discrimination often results from bias. Bias-related incidents, however, do not always result in unfair treatment that violates nondiscrimination laws.
Can individuals who engage in hateful speech be arrested or disciplined by the University?
How can I arrange an educational program on this topic for my campus department or student organization?
Please contact Jessie Hurse, Office of Student Life, if you would like assistance in organizing an educational program for your campus unit or student organization.
We also encourage campus organizations that are planning programs and events related to creating a respectful and welcoming community to let us know about your event, so we may consider it for inclusion in this website. You can send information about upcoming events to firstname.lastname@example.org.