Hate Crimes


 

All students, staff, and faculty at Nyack College have the right to live, work, study, and grow in an environment free from all forms of violence, whether physical or psychological. As kingdom people, members of the Nyack College community are responsible to foster this environment by reporting any behavior in violation of this policy immediately to appropriate authorities, including Campus Safety Officers, Residence Life Professional Staff, the Dean of Students’ Office, and/or Human Resources.

Bias-related incidents are behaviors which constitute an expression of hostility, against the person or property of another because of perceived or actual personal characteristics, such as their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. According to New York Penal Law Section 485 and the Clery Act, a person commits a hate crime when he or she commits a specified criminal offense and either:

  • intentionally selects the person against whom the offense is committed or intended to be committed in whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, gender or gender identity, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct, or
  • intentionally commits the act or acts constituting the offense in whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, gender or gender identity, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct.

Nyack College is required to report statistical incidence of bias crimes on or around campus annually as part of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act). Penalties for bias-related 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 conviction of the offender. Hate crimes are prohibited, in separate ways, by New York State law and Nyack College policy. Thus, offenders may be prosecuted under New York State criminal statutes and subject to disciplinary action by Nyack College. The College may pursue disciplinary action while criminal action is pending, or even if criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute. In addition to any criminal penalties, students, staff or faculty who commit bias crimes are also subject to College disciplinary procedures where a range of sanctions is available both up to and including suspension, expulsion or termination of employment.

In order to effectively handle and investigate incidents of bias related crimes and prevent future occurrences of such crimes, victims or witnesses of a hate crime are encouraged to immediately report incidents to the following offices depending on the severity and nature of the offense:

  • Contact the local police department:
    • Rockland (845) 358-0206 and file a police report
    • NYC 1st Precinct (212) 334-0611 and file a police report
  • Call Nyack College Rockland Campus Safety, x7191 OR (845) 222-8812
  • Call Nyack College NYC Campus Safety, x6198 OR (646) 378-6198
  • Residential Students:
    • Call the Dean of Students x4793 OR (845) 675-4790
    • Counseling Office, Boon Campus Center Room 207, (845) 675-4594
  • Commuter Students:
  • Rockland UG Commuter Students:
    • Call the Dean of Students x4790 OR (845) 675-4790
    • Counseling Office, Boon Campus Center Room 207, (845) 675-4594
  • NYC Commuter Students:
    • Call the Dean of Students x6131 OR (646) 378-6131
    • Counseling Office, Room 005, x6447OR (646) 378-6447
  • Employees:
    • Contact Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator x4608 OR (845) 675-4608

Please remember that any evidence such as graffiti, e-mails, written notes or voice mail messages should be preserved. Depending on the severity and offense committed, the appropriate office in conjunction, when applicable, with local authorities will investigate and follow the appropriate college adjudication procedures. Victims of bias crime can also avail themselves of counseling and support services through the Counseling Services or Human Resources.