Hate Crimes and Bias Motivated Offensive Conduct Protocol

Relevant excerpt

This protocol uses the term “bias-related incident” to refer to behavior that, whether or not criminal, constitutes a violation of behavioral standards and policies listed in the Student Guide and Professional Standards of Boston College, and that is motivated in whole or in part by the offender’s bias toward the victim’s race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, gender or ethnicity. Because these policies prohibit criminal as well as some noncriminal behavior, the definitions of and the University response to “hate crime” and “bias-related incident” will overlap. Students accused of committing bias-related incidents are subject to discipline in accordance with the procedures established by the Office of the Dean for Student Development (ODSD), and if found responsible may face sanctions up to and including suspension or dismissal from the University.


The process for determining whether an incident is indeed a crime and possibly a hate crime is a complicated legal matter to be determined by the Boston College Police Department. Therefore, department administrators, faculty, staff, or students who receive reports of these incidents shall report them to the BCPD for investigation and referral. Once the initial report of an incident is made, an investigation will begin according to BCPD procedures. BCPD may refer the matter to an appropriate University official for follow-up and/or to seek prosecution.

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