What is a Hate Crime?
A hate crime is a criminal offense in which the victim was intentionally selected because of the offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or gender identity. The crime can be committed against a person, such as an assault and battery, or toward property such as a vandalism. A crime is considered a hate crime even if the offender is mistaken about the victims membership in a particular group.
It is important to consider that individuals are free to hold and express their opinions and beliefs and the Boston University Police are committed to protecting the rights of all individuals. Hate – alone is not a crime but if a criminal act is committed and a bias element is present, the police will investigate the matter as a hate crime.
Hate crimes are a violation of both state and federal law.
Boston University collects and publishes statistics for hate crimes reported at BU in the Annual Security Report.