Original Issue Date: 1/20/1994
Revision Date(s): August 2010
Issued by: President’s Cabinet
Approved by: President’s Cabinet
Monmouth University, consistent with its Human Relations Philosophy and Policy Statement, sets forth the following policy regarding the reporting, investigating, and dissemination of information of bias/hate incidents and bias/hate crimes. The University, in accordance with federal and state regulations, will attempt to protect the rights of its campus community members to work and study in an environment free from all forms of bias/hate incidents and bias/hate crimes.
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.
Under the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, a Bias/Hate Related Crime (Bias Intimidation Crime 2C:16-1) occurs if a person commits, conspires with another to commit, or threatens to commit certain enumerated crimes (1) with the purpose to intimidate an individual or group of individuals because of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity; or (2) knowing that the conduct constituting the offense would cause an individual or group of individuals to be intimidated because of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity; or (3) under circumstances that caused any victim of the underlying offense to be intimidated.
Whenever there is an occurrence of an act of bias/hate or intolerance involving the University community on or off-campus, the procedures listed below should be followed. These procedures are meant to be general guidelines for actions to help maximize the safety and well being of the affected individuals, the well being of the community, and to disseminate information regarding the incident to the campus community as soon as possible.
Monmouth University through various means, described below, will make every effort to inform members of the Campus Community about what you can do to help stop hate and to disseminate, in a timely manner, information regarding Campus Incidents of Bias and Hate Crimes:
This policy will continue to be reviewed and revised as conditions warrant. Monmouth University appreciates the collaboration of the entire campus community in creating a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment for all.