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Hate Crimes & Bias-Motivated Offensive Conduct

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As a Jesuit and Catholic University, Boston College is committed to academic excellence and the open exchange of ideas. Mutual respect among all members of the University community is vital to the pursuit of excellence and to the intellectual, social, and spiritual formation of each individual. Fr. William P. Leahy, S.J., President of Boston College, has made clear the University’s goal of an environment free of discrimination and all forms of harassment and intimidation:

 

“As a University and an institution committed to Jesuit, Catholic beliefs and values, Boston College expects members of its community to treat one another with respect, dignity, and compassion. Acts of prejudice, hatred, and discrimination especially conflict with Boston College’s institutional standards and ethos, and such behavior cannot and will not be tolerated here.

 

It is important that offensive conduct be reported, and that due process be followed, so that we can maintain the rights and integrity of our campus community.

I ask that all of us re-dedicate ourselves to helping Boston College live up to its heritage and ideals.”

 

Hate Crimes

Under state and federal law, hate crimes are criminal offenses that are motivated in whole or in part by the offender’s bias toward the victim’s race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, or disability. Any member of the University community who observes or is a victim of a hate crime should report this immediately to the Boston College Police Department for investigation and action.

Bias-Motivated Offensive Conduct

Bias-motivated offensive conduct is behavior that violates standards stated in Boston College’s Student Guide, its Professional Standards and Business Conduct Policy, or its Policy Against Discriminatory Harassment and is motivated in whole or in part by the offender’s bias toward the victim’s race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, or disability.

Any student who observes or is a victim of bias-motivated offensive conduct by another student should report this immediately to the Office of the Dean for Student Development for investigation and action, or to the Dean of the appropriate School or the University’s Harassment Counselor, if the offensive conduct is by a faculty or staff member.

Any faculty member who observes or is a victim of bias-motivated offensive conduct by afaculty or staff member should report this immediately to the Dean of the appropriate School or to the University’s Harassment Counselor, or the Office of the Dean for Student Development, if the offensive conduct is by a student.

Any staff member who observes or is a victim of bias-motivated offensive conduct by astudent should report this immediately to the Office of the Dean for Student Development, or to the University’s Harassment Counselor, if the offensive conduct is by a faculty or staff member.

Revised November 15, 2007