In an effort to track, monitor, and bring closure to situations where community members have either witnessed or been a victim of a bias or hate crime, Baldwin Wallace University has created a Bias Incident/Hate Crime Form.
We define bias incidents and hate crimes as follows:
Baldwin Wallace University considers acts motivated by bias and other forms of discrimination to be forms of harassment and intimidation. These types of acts violate Baldwin Wallace policy, as described in the Student Code of Conduct (contained in the Student Handbook), and the Community Standards of Conduct (contained in the Employee Handbook). These acts may also violate federal, state, and local criminal codes, as well as being civil rights violations.
Baldwin Wallace University will not tolerate these acts or any hate crimes and will aggressively investigate reports of any such incidents on its campus. Baldwin Wallace will report all acts of bias and hate crimes to the Berea Police Department so that the appropriate police and city, county or federal prosecutor can gather information and evidence, and consider criminal prosecution of these acts in the appropriate court of law.
What is a Bias Incident/Hate Crime?
A bias incident is a threatened, attempted, or completed action that is motivated by the appearance of bigotry and bias regarding a person's real or perceived race, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity/expression, marital or parental status, citizenship, or military or veteran status. Examples of these incidents include name calling, offensive language/acts, graffiti, or inappropriate gestures/behavior.
Hate crimes (also known as bias-motivated crimes) occur when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her perceived membership in a certain social group, usually defined by racial group, religion, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, gender identity, or political affiliation.
Definitions have been adapted from Oxford English Dictionary & United States Department of Justice