Hate Crime / Bias Crime is a criminal offense committed against a person or property which is motivated, in whole or part, by the offender's bias against a race, religion, ethnic/national origin group, or sexual orientation group.
Bias Incidents involve behaviors that, though motivated by bias against a victim's race, religion, ethnic/national origin, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation, are not criminal acts.
Hostile or hateful speech or other disrespectful / discriminatory behavior may be motivated by bias but are not illegal. They become crimes only when they directly incite perpetrators to commit violence against persons or property, or if they place a potential victim in reasonable fear of physical injury.
Hate Crime Information
Bias motivated crimes are viewed in the community not only as crimes against the targeted victim, but also as crimes against the victim's racial, religious, and ethnic or sexual orientation group as a whole. Working constructively with segments of this larger audience after such incidents is essential to help reduce fears, stem possible retaliation, help prevent additional bias motivated incidents and encourage any other previously victimized individuals to step forward and report those crimes.
It is the policy of the University of Michigan Police Department to safeguard the constitutional rights of all individuals irrespective of their race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. Any acts or threats of violence, property damage, harassment, intimidation or other crimes designed to infringe upon these rights are taken very seriously by UMPD and will be given high priority. This department will use every necessary resource rapidly and decisively to identify the perpetrators and take vigorous enforcement action.
While all victims of crime should expect a high level of service from this department, we must recognize the particular fears and distress typically suffered by victims of hate crimes. There are potentials for reprisal and escalation of violence, and the possible far-reaching negative consequences of these acts on the University community. Particular attention shall be given to addressing the security and related concerns of the immediate victims as well as their families and others affected by the crime.
Reporting an incident
In an emergency, dial 9-1-1 to be connected to UMPD (on-campus) or the Ann Arbor Police Department (off campus). If you believe you have experienced a hate crime, you may report it directly to the University of Michigan Police Department (on-campus) at 734-763-1131 or the Ann Arbor Police (off-campus) at 734-994-2911.
If you witness or experience conduct that discriminates, stereotypes, excludes, harasses or harms anyone in our community based on their identity (such as race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age or religion) please report it to the University.
If you are not sure you have experienced a hate crime and would like to discuss the incident, please call 734-615-BIAS(2427).
Faculty and staff who call the number during normal business hours will be connected to the Office of Institutional Equity; students to the Dean of Students Office. Staff from these offices will offer support and begin to discuss next steps with callers. Those who call the phone line after normal business hours should leave a message and a staff member will get back with them on the next business day.
Primary Reporting Areas
Office of Institutional Equity
2072 Administrative Service Building
Dean of Students Office
3000 Michigan Union
University of Michigan Police Department
Emergencies: Dial 9-1-1
1239 Kipke Drive
Additional Reporting Areas
Counseling & Psychological Services
3100 Michigan Union
Faculty and Staff Assistance Program
1009 Greene St., 2076 Administrative Services Building
Or 738 Dennison Bldg.
603 E. Madison
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Affairs
3200 Michigan Union
Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs
2202 Michigan Union
Services for Students with Disabilities
G664 Haven Hall
Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Center
715 N. University, Suite 202
Student Activities & Leadership
2205 Michigan Union
6015 Fleming Administration Building
Office of Student Conflict Resolution
G121 South Quad
Speak with your Coordinator of Residence Education, Resident Director, Resident Advisor, Minority Peer Advisor/Assistant, or Academic Peer Advisor, or visit http://www.housing.umich.edu/info/bias_protocol.html for more information.