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The Student Who may be a Target of a Hate Incident

Your responsibilities are not to diagnose or provide therapy; it is the development of a compassionate and forthright conversation that ultimately helps a student in trouble find understanding, support, and the proper therapeutic resources.

Facts about hate incidents:

A hate crime is a criminal act against a person or their property because of their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, color, religion, nationality, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.


A hate incident is an act that, while not meeting the legal definition of a crime, involves the same types of behavior and targeting of underrepresented groups. Hate incidents are more common on college campuses than hate crimes.

What you can do:

  • Recognize that the student is probably experiencing a range of intense feelings, including shame, anger, fear and denial.
  • Refer the student to the Dean of Students, (904) 620-1491 and/or the Office of Equal Opportunity and Inclusion at (904) 620-2513.
  • Refer student to the LGBT Resource Center, (904) 620-4720, if the incident was in relationship to a student's gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
  • If appropriate refer the student to the Fraud Hotline at (904) 620-3950 or the Whistleblower Hotline at (800) 543-5353.
  • Explain the value of notifying the UNF Police Department (904) 620-2800.
  • Refer the student to the Counseling Center (904) 620-2602 for additional support.
  • Be affirming and respectful of the student and their identity.