The Office of University Police at Buffalo State
College is mandated to protect all members of the campus community by preventing
and prosecuting bias or hate crimes that occur within the campus’s jurisdiction.
Hate crimes, also called bias crimes or bias-related crimes, are criminal activity
motivated by the perpetrator’s bias or attitude against an individual victim or group
based on perceived or actual personal characteristics, such as their race, religion,
ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
In addition to preventing and prosecuting hate/bias crimes, the Office of University
Police at Buffalo State College also assists in addressing bias-related activities that
do not rise to the level of a crime. These activities, referred to as bias incidents and
defined by the University as acts of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation directed at a
member or group within the Buffalo State community based on national origin,
ethnicity, race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status,
color, creed, or marital status, may be addressed through the College’s Complaint
Procedure for Review of Allegations of Unlawful Discrimination/Harassment or the
Code of Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities for Students.