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Nichole Burnside, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Manager
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Sharon Kardia, Senior Associate Dean for Administration; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Implementation Lead
What Should You Do?
...If you are a victim of a hate crime or bias incident:
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a hate crime is a "crime of violence, property damage, or threat that is motivated in whole or in part by an offender's bias based on race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation." Within the State of Michigan, a person is guilty of ethnic intimidation if that person maliciously threatens or physically contacts a person with intent to intimidate, harass or damage the property of that person because of that person's race, color, religion, gender or national origin.
Bias-related incidents are non-criminal activities that harm another because of that person's race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, height, weight, marital status and veteran status.
If you are the victim of a hate crime and it is an emergency situation, dial 9-1-1 to be connected to the Department of Public Safety (on-campus) or Ann Arbor Police Department (off-campus). If you believe you have experienced a hate crime, you may report it directly to the Department of Public Safety (on-campus) at 734-763-1131 or the Ann Arbor Police (off-campus) at 734-994-2911. The Expect Respect website requests that reports to DPS or AAPD are also reported to the University's bias incident reporting system for statistical and follow-up purposes.
...If you are a victim of discrimination or harassment:
Hate crimes and bias-related incidents are not necessarily discrimination. Unlawful discrimination or discriminatory harassment refers to specific conduct prohibited by law that unfairly treats people differently because of their race, sex, gender identity or gender expression, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, height, weight or Vietnam-era veteran status.
If you are the victim of discrimination or harassment, or think you may be, talk to someone. Discrimination or harassment for any reason is not tolerated at the University of Michigan. If you have been made to feel uncomfortable, intimidated, or targeted because of your race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or Vietnam-era veteran status, you should talk to someone about your concerns. There are a number of resources available for consultation related to discrimination and harassment.