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If You Have Been A Target Of Hate

If you believe that you may have been the target of a hate crime, there are several steps you should follow:

  1. If necessary, obtain medical attention, and if you feel unsafe call the BC Police Department (BCPD) emergency number (617-552-4444) immediately.
  2. If possible, preserve any evidence and document the incident as thoroughly as possible (graffiti, phone call recording, e-mail message, letter, and so forth) by taking pictures, videotaping, and writing down everything you or witnesses remember, and keeping the contact information of any witnesses.
  3. Report the incident to the appropriate authority. Anyone may report offensive conduct to the Boston College Police non-emergency number (617-552-4440). Students may also report offensive conduct to the Office of the Dean for Student Development (617-552-3470) or a professional staff member in Residential Life (617-552-3060). If after hours, BCPD can contact a professional staff member or the administrator on call. Faculty or staff may report an incident to the Department of Human Resources (617-552-3330) or to the office of the Academic Dean or Harassment Counselor (617-552-0486), as appropriate.
  4. If you are not sure whether or not offensive conduct may be a hate crime, report it anyway. The Boston College Police, and the offices listed in #3 above, will listen to your story and provide any resources or services that may be necessary, including a full investigation.
  5. It is best to report an incident as early as possible to facilitate the investigation.


The Boston College Police, and other offices listed in #3 above, or persons or offices listed in the Support Resources Section, will be able to refer you to a variety of support resources both on and off campus that will be helpful. Please do not hesitate to request this information at any time. It is important to talk to someone if you experience or witness an incident of hate.