A hate crime—also referred to as bias-motivated crime—occurs when a person is attacked for being associated with a certain social, ethnic, or religious organization, or for their sexual orientation, nationality, physical appearance, disability, or gender identity.

Hate crimes are often considered to be “message crimes,” where the offender uses the crime to send a message to the targeted person or group.

UWM defines a hate- or bias-motivated incident as any disruptive conduct (oral, written, graphic or physical) that is directed against an individual, or individuals, because of their actual or perceived protected characteristics, as defined by S-47, UWM’s Discriminatory Conduct Policy.

UWM urges all members of the campus community to report any hate/bias incident that has occurred: (1) on UWM property, buildings, or housing; and/or 2) at UWM sponsored events or activities, regardless of location.

If you wish to report a hate/bias incident, please use the Hate/Bias Incident Reporting online form. You may also contact our office at (414) 229-5923 or report in person in Mitchell Hall, Rm. 359.