A person commits hate crime when, by reason of the actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or national origin of another individual or group of individuals, regardless of the existence of any other motivating factor or factors, he/she
- Commits assault; OR
- Battery; OR
- Aggravated assault; OR
- Misdemeanor theft; OR
- Criminal trespass to residence; OR
- Misdemeanor criminal damage to property; OR
- Criminal trespass to a vehicle; OR
- Criminal trespass to real property; OR
- Mob action; OR
- Disorderly conduct as these crimes are defined.
This means that if someone commits one of the above crimes against a person because they believe the victim is of a certain race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or national origin. It is important here to recognize that the person does not necessarily actually have to be what the offender thought they were. If the offender perceives the victim to be something, and, based off of that, commits one of the above crimes, it can still be a hate crime.
Campus Safety's Response to Hate Crimes
Loyola does not tolerate hate in any form or any manner on its campuses, nor by or against any of its students.
If you feel that you have been the victim of a Hate Crime it is best to report it to Campus Safety. As is the case with all crimes reported to Campus Safety, confidentiality is very important.
Campus Safety takes all reports of Hate Crimes seriously and aggressively investigates them. If the offender is a Loyola student, they will be referred to the office of Student Development for judicial sanctions within the University.
If you choose to sign complaints, Campus Safety will assist you in contacting the Chicago Police Department.