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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.

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