BIRT Community Notices
Fall 2009 Incidents (3)
- On September 10, 2009, a student reported that his vehicle was scratched with a key. The vandalism contained language that was homophobic in nature. Campus Safety and Kirkland Police initiated an investigation but the alleged perpetrator could not be identified.
- On October 24, 2009, a student reported that a male student threw his wallet at her because she was talking on her cell phone in the library. The complainant perceived the incident to be harassment due to her gender. The Bias Incident Response Team determined that this did not constitute a bias incident and recommended mediation.
- On December 2, 2009, a faculty member reported that an occupant of a vehicle driving on College Hill Road shouted racial epithets at her and a colleague. A Campus Safety officer stationed on College Hill Road was able to identify the vehicle and local teenage brothers were turned over to the Kirkland Police.
Fall 2010 Incidents (2)
- On August 28, 2010, a student reported the desecration of a religious artifact attached to her residence hall room door. In addition, anti-Semitic language was written on her white board. Campus Safety initiated an investigation by interviewing students on the floor. The alleged perpetrator could not be identified.
- October 17, 2010, an incident similar to the August 28th incident was reported by a student. Campus Safety investigated and interviewed suspects identified but the complainant could not identify the perpetrator.
Spring 2011 Incidents (2)
- On March 1, 2011, a staff member reported two separate incidents in the same day in which gender related vulgarities were yelled from a vehicle riding through campus. Campus Safety initiated an investigation and notified Kirkland Police. The alleged perpetrators were unable to be identified.
- On May 7, 2011, a student reported that another student engaged him in a verbal altercation. An investigation was initiated and it was determined that the Student Code of Conduct had not been violated. Mediation was offered to both students.
Fall 2011 Incidents (2)
- On October 17, 2011, a staff member reported that a portion of the Sukkah wall that contained an important Jewish prayer was cut from the Sukkah (an enclosure used for Jewish religious observances). Campus Safety and the New York State Police conducted an investigation, but were unable to identify the perpetrator.
- On October 26, 2011, an Athletic Department staff member reported receiving a complaint from a visiting student athlete about racial epithets shouted at him and his teammates during an athletic competition on Hamilton’s campus. The information was turned over to the Athletic Department for follow-up with the team.
Spring 2012 Incidents (1)
- On February 4, 2012, a student reported that multiple males riding in a vehicle through campus made animal noises toward him. Campus Safety initiated an investigation and notified Kirkland Police. Neither the vehicle or perpetrators were identified.
Fall 2012 Incidents (1)
- A student reported receiving an offensive gender related text from another student. The text was not deemed a bias incident. Mediation was offered.
Fall 2013 Incidents (2)
- On September 21, 2013, a person not affiliated with the College, filed a complaint against a Hamilton staff member for “non-inclusive programming on the topic of racism”. The complainant was contacted by the Dean of Students office and was provided information about various programs and forums that are offered.
- On October 5, 2013, a staff member reported receiving a series of racially offensive email messages from a non-Hamilton email account. ITS and Campus Safety conducted an investigation but were unable to identify the source of the emails.
Spring 2014 Incidents (1)
- On February 9, 2014, a student reported racially offensive graffiti found on the white board attached to the student’s residence hall room door. Campus Safety conducted an investigation and interviewed residents on the floor but were unable to identify the perpetrator.
Fall 2014 Incidents (4)
- On September 26, 2014, a student reported witnessing at least two occupants of a vehicle riding through campus with one occupant yelling vulgarities. Kirkland Police and Campus Safety conducted an investigation but were unable to locate the vehicle or identify the occupants.
- On October 28, 2014, a student reported hearing a man shouting vulgarities from a car as it passed the crosswalk on College Hill Road. Kirkland Police and Campus Safety conducted an investigation but were unable to locate the vehicle.
- On November 10, 2014, a student reported a series of verbally harassing incidents aimed at writers of a specific student publication. The complainant met with Campus Safety and declined to file a formal complaint.
- On November 18, 2014, a student reported offensive graffiti of a religious nature found on the white board attached to her residence hall room door. Campus Safety conducted an investigation and interviewed other members of the floor but were unable to identify the perpetrator.
Spring 2015 Incidents (2)
- On January 26, 2015, a student reported that he had been spat upon by another Hamilton student. For this, the student chose not to pursue formal action through the judicial process. The student also alleged that posts on social media based on the complainant’s affiliation with a student publication Constituted bias incidents. The Bias Incident Response Team determined that the second incident was not a bias incident, nor a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.
- On February 7, 2015, a student witnessed multiple men riding through campus in a pick-up truck with one yelling vulgarities at Hamilton students. Kirkland Police and Campus Safety conducted an investigation but were unable to locate the vehicle.