The University will not tolerate hate crimes or bias-motivated incidents and will respond to them with appropriate sanctions which may include for students expulsion, suspension, or exclusion from the campus and for faculty and staff disciplinary action up to and including termination. Students, faculty, or staff who experience or witness any form of hate crime or bias-motivated incident should immediately report the incident to the Department of Public Safety. . . .
“Bias-Motivated Incidents” are acts, which do not violate the State Penal Code, but originate in bias against someone’s actual or perceived sex, gender, gender identity and expression, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, veteran status, pregnancy, genetic information, or any other protected classification. These policy definitions are not intended to and do not limit the University’s ability to discipline or otherwise respond to conduct which does not necessarily violate the law, but which the University determines is a violation of this policy.