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Bias Incidents and Hate Crimes

A hate crime is a criminal act targeting a person, or his/her property, because of that person’s real or perceived race, color, religion, nationality, country of origin, disability, gender or sexual orientation.

Bias incidents are more common on college campuses than hate crimes. They are generally the same types of behaviors and crimes as described above, except that one or more of the criteria are not usually met. Regardless, victims tend to experience the same range of emotions and benefit from the same level of caring response.