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What is a Hate Crime?

A Hate Crime is a crime committed in whole or in part because of the victim's actual or perceived race, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual disability, age, or religion.  

Under New Mexico state law, hate crimes are “motivated by hate,” meaning the commission of a crime with the intent to commit the crime because of the actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, handicapped status, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity of the victim, whether or not the offender’s belief or perception is correct. NMSA 1978, Section 31- 18B-1).

What is a Hate/Bias incident?

A hate/bias incident is an act of conduct, speech or expression to which a bias motive is evident as a contributing factor (regardless of whether the act is criminal). A hate crime is an incident that has risen to the level of a crime.  All hate crimes are bias incidents but not all bias incidents are hate crimes.

UNM Policies & Sanctions:

Equal Education policy and Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Affirmative Action policy, which apply to the main campus and all branch campuses and educational centers, forbid unlawful discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, ancestry, spousal affiliation, medical condition, or veteran status.

 The University of New Mexico is committed to providing equal access to educational and employment opportunities for all individuals. The university considers the following protected statuses


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Relevant Excerpt from Student Grievance Procedure


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Under Title IX, sexual violence is a severe form of sexual harassment. Sexual violence is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at the University of New Mexico. Sexual violence may be committed by a stranger, an acquaintance or someone with whom the victim is involved in an intimate or sexual relationship. Victims of sexual violence are encouraged to report what happened to law enforcement and seek assistance from any of the resources, on and off campus, listed in this publication. 

Please contact UNM's Title IX Coordinator, Angela Catena, at for more information about Title IX.