Department of Public Safety: Reporting Hate Crimes 13-14

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: Eastern Michigan University Statement Rating: Yellow

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A bias incident or hate incident involves behaviors, though motivated by bias against a victim’s race, religion, ethnicity/national origin, sexual orientation, gender, age, or disability, are not criminal offenses. Hateful speech or other disrespectful/discriminatory behavior may be motivated by bias, but are not illegal. They become crimes only when they directly incite perpetrators to commit violence against persons or property, or if they place a potential victim in reasonable fear of injury, or intimidate or harass a person with specific intent motivated solely by a person’s race, religion, ethnicity/national origin, sexual orientation, or gender.

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