Hate Crime / Bias Incident Resources

What Is a Hate or Bias Incident or Crime?

A hate or bias incident includes non-criminal conduct that is motivated by hatred or bigotry and directed at any individual, residence, house of worship, institution, or business expressly because of the victim's real or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services. Such incidents also include conduct directed against an individual or group because of their association or advocacy on behalf of a member or members of a protected class.

Examples might include hate speech, display of offensive materials on one's property, the distribution of hate materials in public places and the posting of hate materials that does not result in property damage.

A hate or bias crime is any criminal act or attempted criminal act directed against a person(s), public agency or private institution based on the protected categories listed above. A hate crime includes an act that results in injury, however slight; a verbal threat of violence that apparently can be carried out; an act that results in property damage; and property damage or other criminal act(s) directed against a public or private agency.

UC Davis is committed to assuring that all people may exercise the constitutionally protected rights of free expression, speech, assembly and worship. Some acts of hate or bias may not violate law or policy and may, in fact, be protected expressions of speech. Protecting freedom of expression, including controversial speech, and sometimes even offensive or hurtful words, is vital to our commitment to teaching and learning.
If you believe you have experienced or witnessed an act of hate or bias please report it, even if you are unsure, so that the University can determine an appropriate response.

Report Incidents of Hate or Bias

To remain anonymous, please use the online option or call 530-752-2255.

What Is the Reporting Process?

Step 1

If you see, witness or are a victim of a hate or bias incident, report it online, by email in person or call 530-752-2255.

(If you want to remain anonymous, this option is available through online reporting.)

Step 2

HDAPP will contact you to confirm receipt and ask for more information, if needed.

If sent anonymously, HDAPP will review the report and gather more information to the extent possible.

Step 3

A resolution may be decided. Possible resolutions are:

  • Targeted education and training programs
  • Retention of the incident record
  • Conciliation/facilitation to resolve differences
  • Mediation
  • Restorative justice
  • Preliminary inquiry and fact-finding
  • No contact directions to parties
  • Referral to third parties or other procedures

When the investigation is completed, HDAPP will follow up with all parties.* Please note that personnel actions and most student discipline matters cannot be shared. 

*Reporting anonymously may limit the ability for HDAPP to follow up with you.