In bias crimes, commonly known as hate crimes, victims are selected based on their race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability (physical or mental) or sexual orientation. These crimes are harmful to the physical and mental well-being of the victim, and also to the community in which they occur. Bias crimes can intimidate and disrupt entire communities, and send a message of hate to entire groups of people.
Definitions Of Bias/Hate Crimes Under State Law
A person commits a hate crime when he or she commits a specified offense and either:
A) intentionally selects the person against whom the offense is committed or intended to be committed in whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age*, disability (mental or physical) or sexual orientation of a person, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct, or
B) intentionally commits the act or acts constituting the offense in whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct.
* Age in this section means sixty or older
A “specified offense” may be any of the following:
Aggravated Sexual Abuse
For more specific information from the Penal Law regarding these offenses, please contact the Director of Safety/Security at (914) 654-5952 or come to the Security Office.
When a person is convicted of a hate crime specified as a felony offense the sentence, dependent on the severity of the crime, may be from one to 25 years imprisonment.
Sentencing for misdemeanor bias crimes, dependent on the severity, may result in imprisonment up to one year.
If you are a victim of a bias crime, it is important to follow the reporting procedure below to make the College aware of the incident so that assistance may be provided to you. All incidents of this nature are investigated by the Security Department and forwarded to Student Services for review and possible judicial action, per the Student Handbook.
Procedures For Reporting Sex Offenses Or Harassment
If you feel uncomfortable in your interaction with faculty, staff or other member of the college community, you should report the grievance to one of the following:
School of Arts & Sciences, School of Nursing, or Graduate School - Dean of your school
School of New Resources - Campus Director
Appropriate Student Services Officer (Resident Director, Director of Student Services)
Director of Safety/Security
Director of Human Resources
Director of Safety/Security
Counseling and Support Services for Victims
During business hours:
Health Services, (914) 654-5311
Counseling Services, (914) 654-5562
Campus Ministry, (914) 654-5339
(After regular business hours, the Resident Director on duty and Safety/Security Office will have emergency phone numbers.)
Emergency Medical Services/Police, 911
New Rochelle Police, (914) 654-2300
Victims Assistance, (914) 345-3113
24-hour Assault Emergency Hotline, (914) 345-9111