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Bias & Hate Incidents

Longwood University stands on its values and belief that diversity and democracy are inextricable.

Consequently, a citizen in a democracy share the values governing membership in a democratic society such as:

  • human dignity and freedom
  • equal rights
  • social and economic justice
  • the rule of law
  • civility and truth
  • tolerance and diversity
  • mutual assistance
  • personal and civic responsibility and
  • self restraint and self-respect


Longwood University does not tolerate such bias incidents. As stated by the Longwood University Student Handbook and approved by the Board of Visitors, December 2001.

If you have any information about past bias incidents or you have been a victim of a bias incident, please contact the appropriate campus office, including the:

  • Longwood University Police Department: 395-2091
  • Department of Human Resources (AA/EEO Officer): 395-2075
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs: 395-2395
  • Residential Education Coordinator: (see on-line directory or call 395-2000) for assistance
  • and or supervisor at the University: (see on-line directory or call 395-2000) for assistance

Note: All reports are confidential and can be made anonymously.


Definitions of Bias incidents and Hate crimes?

Hate Crime

  • Defined very specifically in multiple places (state law, federal law [such as the Jeanne Clery Act]). Definitions are not always consistent.
  • A specific crime must happen, such as physical assault, intimidation, or arson. The behavior must meet the specific definition as written in the criminal statutes. Not every negative behavior is a crime.
  • The crime must be motivated by bias.

Adapted from Chief Charles E. Lowe, Director of Public Safety, Longwood University 2004

Bias Incident

  • Conduct, speech, or expression that is motivated by bias or prejudice.
  • Does not involve a criminal act.
  • May, however, violate campus codes or policies.

From: 10 Ways to Fight Hate on Campus, A Response Guide for College Activists, 2004

What is the Difference?

  • Hate crimes must meet specific criteria defined by the state or federal government and, if charged and prosecuted, will be dealt with in the courts system.
  • Bias incidents may be handled through campus grievance procedures, or they may occur with no clear path or procedure for recourse.

From: 10 Ways to Fight Hate on Campus, A Response Guide for College Activists, 2004


Intolerance of Bias Incidents

Statement Regarding the Intolerance of Bias Incidents at Longwood University

Longwood University seeks to foster a safe environment conducive to learning and the free exchange of ideas. In accordance with all the policies residing under the Judicial Code of Conduct Standards and Regulations and the Honor Code Conduct Standards and Regulations any offense motivated by bias will not be tolerated.

An offense motivated by bias is any offense wherein the accused intentionally selects political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, age, marital status, or inclusion in any group protected by law.

Approved by the Board of Visitors 12/01


What is Longwood's response to Bias Incidents and Hate Crimes?

Judicial charges, if the behavior violates the Student Code of Conduct:

  • The courts have not upheld campus judicial codes that include specific prohibitions related to bias and hate because they have been overly broad in their definitions.
  • Thus, campuses (including Longwood) use existing policies and train board members to identify bias-related behavior and include appropriate education sanctions when a student is found responsible.

Examples of charges:

  • 10. Violence to Persons
  • 14. Property
  • 15. Abuse to Persons

Criminal charges (state and or federal), if the behavior is identified as a hate crime.