Bias and Free Speech

What is a Hate Crime?

A hate crime is a criminal act (such as physical assault, intimidation, arson, or vandalism) that is motivated by bias.

Biases included in hate crime statutes may include race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and disability.

What is a Bias Incident?

A bias incident is conduct, speech, or expression that is motivated by bias or prejudice but doesn't involve a criminal act. Bias incidents may, however, violate campus codes or policies.

What is Free Speech?

Free Speech does not include language that is aimed at achieving results of violence or criminal acts and is likely to achieve it.

How do YOU take action?

One of your floormates is always using the word "fag" and referring to things as "gay" in casual conversation loudly in the hallways. Would you say something?

One of your Jewish friends confides that she's troubled because a swastika was drawn on his neighbor's door in her residence hall. She tells you that she doesn't feel safe anymore at Montclair State University. Would you do something?

A hate preacher comes to campus with sexist and homophobic signs and pamphlets and is preaching in the quad. He is extremely offensive, and people are becoming enraged. His words are about to incite violence. Do you intercede?