Bias Related Crimes

Bias-Related Crimes

Bias-related crimes and incidents, often referred to as "hate" crimes, represent an atmosphere of intolerance that is not permitted at JTS and is contradictory to the values of the JTS community. Any individual or organization that engages in such activity will be subject to disciplinary action.

Bias-related crimes are defined in the New York State Penal Code at Section 485.05. A person commits a hate crime in New York when he or she commits a specified offense covered by a section of the penal law (for example assault, menacing, or reckless endangerment) and either:

(i) intentionally selects the person against whom the offense is committed, or

(ii) intentionally commits the offense,

because of the person's actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practices, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

Examples of bias-related conduct include, among others, physical or verbal assaults, arson, electronic harassment, and hate mail. A hate crime is classified as a violent felony offense.

JTS encourages all members of the JTS community to report any bias-related incident promptly to JTS Security or to any of the administrators listed in the Policy on Discrimination and Harassment. In dealing with bias-related incidents, JTS will use the same procedures outlined in the Policy on Discrimination and Harassment. A bias-related incident does not have to meet the legal definition of a hate crime before JTS will take action under its Policy on Discrimination and Harassment.

In the event an individual believes that he or she may have been subject to a bias-related crime, the individual's remedies may reach beyond internal JTS procedures; nothing in the policy prevents an individual from pursuing other legal remedies in conjunction with or in place of JTS procedures. JTS maintains a good working relationship with local police authorities and, if requested, can assist a member of the community who pursues criminal actions. Whether or not a member of the community decides to seek a resolution through JTS, the person is encouraged to advise JTS of the situation.

An individual who is the victim of a bias-related crime can receive counseling at JTS and may be provided with referral to outside professionals, as appropriate. In order to provide information about bias-related crimes, crime prevention, and reporting procedures, JTS includes this topic into its orientation programs for new students. JTS endeavors to alert students about events that affect their security and the security of the community when the need arises.

June 2014