Saint Louis University is committed to creating an inclusive environment that respects the fundamental dignity of all human beings.
As part of this commitment, the University has developed the Hate Crime and Bias-Related Incident Protocol to provide a caring, effective, and uniform response to any member of the SLU community who reports a hate crime or bias-related incident, or who is the victim of a hate crime or bias-related incident.
Pursuant to federal law, a hate crime is a criminal act, where an individual willfully causes bodily injury to any person, or attempts to do so through the use of fire, a firearm, a dangerous weapon, or an explosive or incendiary device, because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person. 18 U.S.C. § 249.
Not all hateful behavior rises to the level of a crime. The protocol uses the term “bias-related incidents” to refer to any act or behavior that is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and/or the Policy on Harassment and reasonably believed to be motivated by a consideration (real or perceived) of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other protected classification.
Reporting an Incident
If you have experienced or learned of a bias-related incident, contact the appropriate party. If the incident involves criminal activity, requires immediate emergency attention, or occurs after hours, contact DPS at 314-977-3000. If the incident occurs in a University-owned or operated residence hall or apartment, contact the Residence Hall Coordinator on duty. All incidents can be reported to the Dean of Students at 314-977-1572 or to the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity at 314-977-3838.
Support and Resources
If you need more resources or would like support following a bias-related incident or hate crime, you can reach out to the following departments or agencies.
- Campus Ministry
- Cross Cultural Center
- Dean of Students
- Housing and Residence Life
- Department of Public Safety
- The Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards
- Student Health Counseling Services
- Student Life
- LGBT Counseling St. Louis
Incident Report Log
All reports of incidents involving students and within the scope of the policy on harassment and the hate crime and bias-related incident protocol are tracked in the incident report log. An email notification will be sent to the University community when a new report is received. A SLU username and password is required to view the incident report log.