Bias Crimes Prevention
Hate crimes, also called bias crimes or bias-related crimes, are criminal activities motivated by the perpetratorís bias or attitude against an individual victim or group based on perceived or actual personal characteristics, such as race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Hate/bias crimes have received renewed attention in recent years, particularly since the passage of the federal Hate/Bias Crime Reporting Act of 1990 and the New York State Hate Crimes Act of 2000 (Penal Law Article 485). Copies of the New York law are available from the Office of the Dean of Students, Room B221.
Penalties for bias crimes are very serious and range from fines to imprisonment for lengthy periods, depending on the nature of the underlying criminal offense, the use of violence, or previous convictions of the offender. Perpetrators who are students will also be subject to campus disciplinary procedures which might result in sanctions including suspension and expulsion.
In addition to preventing and prosecuting hate/bias crimes, Enrollment Management and Student Success at FIT 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 college as acts of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation directed at a member or group within the FIT community based on national origin, ethnicity, race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, color, creed, or marital status, may be addressed through SUNYís Discrimination Complaint Procedure or FITís campus conduct code. Bias incidents can be reported to Security at 212 217-7777, and the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator at 212 217-4009.
If you are a victim of, or a witness to, a hate/bias crime on campus, report it to Security. Security will conduct an initial investigation and make appropriate referrals to the dean of students. Victims of bias crime or bias incidents can avail themselves of counseling and support services from the Counseling Center, A212B, 212 217-4260.