Hate or Bias-Related Crime

The University at Albany strives to protect all members of the University community by prosecuting hate or bias-related crimes that occur within the campus jurisdiction. Criminal offenses may include, but are not limited to, assault, endangerment, imprisonment, manslaughter, murder, stalking, rape, kidnapping, burglary, larceny, and robbery.

The full text of the applicable NYS law may be found in Section 485 of the NYS Penal Code. As with any conviction for a misdemeanor or a felony under NYS law, the punishment for hate crimes may include fines and/or imprisonment, depending on the underlying crime.   For sanctions that may be imposed by the University for violations of prohibited conduct, please see the Sanction Guide.

If you are a victim of, or witness to, a hate or bias-related crime on campus, report it to the University Police by calling 911 in an emergency, using a Blue Light Phone, or campus telephone at (518) 442-3131. You may also report to the Office of Conflict Resolution and Civic Responsibility at (518) 442-5501 or crcr@albany.edu.

You may seek support through the Victim Assistance Liaison at (518) 442-3130. The University counseling Center can also offer assistance at (518) 442-5480 or at consultation@albany.edu. For peer assistance when classes are in session or after normal business hours, call the Middle Earth Hotline at (518) 442-5777.   

Nothing contained in this policy shall be construed to limit or restrict freedom of speech and peaceful assembly.