In keeping with the UCSC Principles of Community, we expect students and their guests to refrain from any acts or behaviors that are directed at other members of the campus community, and that result in unlawful discrimination, harassment or bias for an individual or group, and/or that substantially disrupt University operations or interfere with the rights of others.
Not every expression of hate or group bias rises to the level of a hate crime as defined in state and federal law. Derogatory words or epithets directed against a member of a protected class — if not accompanied either by action with an intent to threaten harm with the ability to carry it out, or other applicable rules violations — are considered protected speech and not a hate crime.
Even when the incident is not a crime, however, the campus seeks to prevent and respond to these incidents by educating the campus community and providing a clear, accessible way to report experiences of hate or bias. Any communication or behavior that maligns another individual or group on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship or service in the uniformed services, may be an incident of hate or bias within the scope of this policy. If the communication or behavior substantially disrupts or interferes with University operations or the rights of others, it may be subject to additional review and investigation consistent with the University’s student discipline procedures or employee personnel policies.