Hate or Bias Incidents
The UC Davis Police Department takes incidents of hate or bias seriously.
The Hate-Free Campus Initiative is a campus-wide initiative to proactively engage the entire campus community in educational programs, training and activities designed to confront and stop acts of hate. the initiative fosters a greater awareness and appreciation for diversity, promotes civility and respect in our interactions, and builds a more inclusive campus community. Learn more from the Office of Campus Community Relations.
How the Police Respond
All incidents of hate or bias are investigated whether or not a crime has been committed. Campus police investigators talk with witnesses, document the incident with photos, fingerprints and other evidence collection, and make every effort to identify the person or persons responsible.
Our goal is to do a better job communicating the status and results of these investigations. Please watch this page for status reports.
"Incident" vs. "Crime." What's the difference?
All UC Davis Police Officers receive a Resource/Information card that includes the following definitions:
- Hate Incident
(Appears on an Incident Report, above the case number, as "hate incident.")
Non-criminal conduct that is motivated by hatred or bigotry and directed at any individual, residence, house of worship, institution, or business expressly because of the victim's real or perceived race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or disability. Hate incidents also include conduct directed against an individual or group because of their association or advocacy on behalf of a member or members of a protected class.
A hate incident might include hate speech, display of offensive materials on one's property, the distribution of hate materials in public places and the posting of hate materials that does not result in property damage.
- Hate Crime
A hate crime is any criminal act or attempted criminal act directed against a person(s), public agency or private institution based on the victim's actual or perceived race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or gender or because the agency or institution is identified or associated with a person or group of an identifiable race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or gender. A hate crime includes an act that results in injury, however slight; a verbal threat of violence that apparently can be carried out; an act that results in property damage; and property damage or other criminal act(s) directed against a public or private agency.