Counseling Service

The Victim of a Hate Incident

A hate crime is a criminal act against a person or her/his property because of that person’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, nationality, disability, gender 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.

  • Talk to the victimized student in private.
  • Recognize that the student is probably experiencing a range of intense feelings, including shame, anger,
fear, and denial.
  • Explain the importance of notifying the campus police.
  • Refer the student to the Counseling Center (301) 314-7651 for recovery counseling.
  • Refer the student to the Office of Student Conduct and the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct
  • Downplaying the situation.
  • Expressing personal biases.
  • Getting caught up in the technicalities or legalities of the situation.