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Public Safety

Hate Crimes/Bias Related Incidents

It is the policy of SUNY Niagara to establish an environment in which dignity and worth of all members of the College community are respected. In keeping with the principle, bias related crimes against students, employees or a third party (defined as prospective and for the former students as well other visitors to the campus, including: parents, vendors, contractors etc.) is considered a criminal act under the hate crime law and will not be tolerated. Bias related or hate crimes subverts the mission of the College and undermines the educational process. In relationships between members of the College community, it creates an atmosphere that is not conducive to learning and teaching.

SUNY Niagara is committed to all provisions of and in compliance with Hate Crimes Act of 2000, Legislation Ch. 590 L.2003, and Penal Law 485. Based on federal and state reporting requirements there are varying definitions on hate crimes. The definition most widely used by law enforcement agencies is from the U.S. Department of Justice publication Hate Crimes Data Collections Guidelines. These Guidelines define a hate/bias crime as: “Any criminal offense committed against a person or property which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.”


The College encourages the reporting of all such situations to the SUNY Niagara Public Safety Department and/or someone who can help find the available college resources:

Office of Equity and DiversityA-235614-6295
Public SafetyG-106614-6400
Vice President of Student ServicesA-265614-6240

Hate crimes or Bias Related incidents shall be reported to the SUNY Niagara Public Safety Department, who are required to report such incidents to law enforcement agencies based upon the nature of the incident. When the victim reports the incident, a “response team” will be identified to assist the victim. Upon notification, the SUNY Niagara Public Safety Department will assist the victim with:

  1. Gaining appropriate medical services to assess physical and emotional well-being, if necessary.
  2. Contact law enforcement agency.
  3. Preserve any evidence (graffiti, phone call recording, email messages, letter etc.)
  4. Provide relevant forms to the victim.


  • We can be reached by calling: 614-6400 from an off campus line.
  • Calling extension, 555 or 6400 from on-campus Sanborn phones or ext 2555 from NFCI phones.
  • Blue phones on the Sanborn Campus by lifting receiver
  • Blue phones outside the Student Housing Village by pressing button
  • By reporting directly to our offices; Sanborn Campus – G-106, NFCI Office – Reception