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. The penal law describes the criminal offense of a hate crime as when a person commits a specified offense covered by a section of the penal law (including but not limited to assault, menacing, reckless endangerment) and either intentionally selects the person whom the offense is committed or 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, but are not limited to, physical or verbal assaults, arson, electronic harassment, and hate mail. A hate crime is classified as a violent felony offense.

All members of the JTS community are encouraged to report any bias related incident promptly to JTS Security or to any of the administrators listed below in the Policy on Discrimination and Sexual Harassment. The procedures for dealing with bias related incidents will be the same as those outlined in the Policy on Discrimination and Sexual 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 Sexual 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, will 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 has incorporated this topic into its orientation programs for new students. Students are alerted about events that affect their security and the security of the community when the need arises.

June 2010