Hate Crimes

Northwestern University is proud of its diverse community and does not tolerate any crimes based on race, sexual orientation, gender, color, ancestry, religion, creed, national origin and physical or mental disability. 

Hate crimes are a felony offense. 

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 could be classified as a hate crime.  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.

For more information on hate crime, visit the Division of Stdent Affairs FAQ web page.

Reporting a Hate Crime

If you are the target of a hate or biased related crime, or if you observe an incident, immediately report it to University Police. University Police takes all reports of hate crimes seriously and aggressively investigates them. Reporting these crimes, even non-violent offences, is important to monitoring and stopping future incidents.

If medical attention is required, call 911 immediately. Any physical evidence related to a hate crime should not be touched or disturbed.