Bias or hate crimes are crimes motivated by a bias against an individual or group of individuals based on the actual or perceived characteristics of that individual or group. Crimes motivated by bias or hatred toward particular groups not only harm individual victims, but also send a message of intolerance and discrimination to all members of the group to which the victim belongs. Bias-related crimes are prohibited under federal and state law and by Juilliard policy and will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
According to the New York State Hate Crimes Act of 2000 (New York Penal Law Section 485), a person commits a hate crime when he or she commits a specified offense and either:
- intentionally selects the person against whom the offense is committed or intended to be committed in whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct; or
- intentionally commits the act or acts constituting the offense in whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct.
Examples of bias or hate crimes may include, but are not limited to, intimidation; threatening phone calls, voice messages or mail (including messages send by electronic transmission); offensive graffiti; physical assault; sexual abuse, including rape; stalking; theft; arson; and vandalism or other destruction of property. Bias-related crimes are considered violent felony offenses and penalties can be severe, ranging from fines to imprisonment for terms in excess of twenty years. Juilliard students, faculty and staff who commit bias-related crimes are also subject to School disciplinary sanctions, up to and including termination of employment or dismissal from the School.
Juilliard is required by law to report incidents of bias crimes annually to fulfill its obligations under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act). Juilliard’s Clery Act, Bias Crime statistics, and Daily Crime Log reports can be found HERE.
In order to investigate incidents of bias-related crimes and protect the Juilliard community, victims of, and witnesses to, such crimes should immediately report incidents to the Dean of Student Affairs, ext. 7447 (for student reports) or the Director of Human Resources, ext. 355 (for faculty and staff reports). Any member of the Juilliard community can also make a report to the Vice President for Facilities Management, ext. 311. Juilliard will assist in providing counseling and support to victims of bias-related crimes through Student Counseling Services (for students) and the Employee Assistance Program (for faculty and staff). In cases involving an immediate threat or serious injury, victims or witnesses should call 911.
It is also important to report bias-related crimes to the local police precinct and to the Hate Crimes Task Force of the NYPD, which can be reached at 646-610-5267. In addition, the Hate Crimes Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office (“DANY”), which investigates and prosecutes hate crimes in Manhattan, has established a Hate Crime Hotline that enables the public to contact the DANY directly. The hotline number is 212-335-3100. The DANY can refer victims to counseling and assistance programs within the DA’s Office or connect them to appropriate service providers in the community. Victims of hate crimes can call the hotline whether or not they have previously reported the crime to law enforcement. Additional information on resources for victims of bias crimes can be found on the DANY website at http://manhattanda.org/resources-victims-or-witnesses-hate-crimes.