California hate crime law prohibits the use of force or threat of force because of a victim’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender or disability. California law provides for an increased sentence of one to four years in state prison if the underlying criminal act or attempted criminal act is “substantially motivated” by the victim’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender or disability.
Get to a safe place as soon as possible. Your immediate safety is first.
While it is your choice to report or not report the crime to the police, doing so protects your rights and ensures the timely collection of evidence should you decide to seek prosecution at any time.
Call 911 or 707- 664-4444 to report crimes to SSU Police at any time. Filing a Police report does not require you to seek prosecution. SSU Police will also help facilitate contact with the appropriate law enforcement agency if the crime occurs off campus.
A student or employee who has experienced a campus related hate crime may file an informal or formal complaint with the SSU Title IX Coordinator/DHR Administrator, Joyce Suzuki in Employee Relations & Compliance, to seek administrative assistance, investigation, and resolution. This is available, whether or not the victim chooses to report to Police or pursue a criminal complaint. Call Joyce Suzuki, Employee Relations & Compliance, at 707 664-4470. For details, see Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Against Students and Procedure for Handling Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Against Students or Systemwide Complaint Procedure for Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Complaints for Employees
SSU students with illness or injury resulting from a hate crime or other circumstance should contact the Student Health Center (http://www.sonoma.edu/shc/) at 664-2921 for medical assistance. Anyone can also click on the following link for a brief list of local after hours care resources: http://www.sonoma.edu/shc/After_Hours_Care_9.2012.pdf or contact their own off-campus healthcare provider.