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Crime Alert

Hate Crime/Bias Incident

November 17, 2021 

UMBC tracks, investigates, and reports hate-bias incidents on our campus. Hate-bias incidents are acts that could be interpreted as expressions of hate or bias against a particular group or individual because of their membership, perceived or actual, in that group. These acts may range from those considered to be offensive to acts that threaten or cause physical harm. Such incidents are inconsistent with UMBC values, including our community’s respect for diversity and inclusion. We believe it is important to alert our campus community about these divisive and hurtful occurrences. 

Incident:  Physical assault - attempt to remove hijab

Location:  The Commons

Date/Time:  11/16/21 6:52 p.m.

Incident Description:  A student reported to a Commons staff member that an unknown male attempted to remove her hijab. UMBC Police are investigating, and the Division of Student Affairs is reaching out to students most directly impacted as well as shared governance leaders in our community.

If you have any information about this incident, please call UMBC Police at 410-455-5555.

UMBC students, faculty, staff members or visitors who choose to violate relevant policies and laws are solely responsible for their actions. University authorities will make every effort to sanction individuals who violate those policies and laws. Please be aware that the decision to violate these policies and laws may endanger your academic success and personal freedom.

Support and Safety

Students in need of support can contact i3b - Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion & Belonging at (410) 455-2686 or i3b@umbc.edu. Faculty and staff can access support through the Employee Assistance Program

Community members may also report instances of hate or bias through the Office of Equity and Inclusion’s confidential reporting form

UMBC Police provides an escort service for anyone who feels unsafe when walking on or near campus. If you would like an escort please call 410-455-5555. If you observe suspicious activity or behavior, contact the police immediately by calling 410-455-5555

Paul Dillon

Chief of Police

Posted: November 17, 2021, 5:36 PM