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DENVER — The University of Denver has issued a warning about a series of hate crimes on and near the campus during the fall quarter.

Officials said there have been a “series of individual incidents” that might be “motivated by racial or National Origin bias against the respective victim(s).”

The incidents occurred between Sept. 21 and Oct. 31, officials said.

“The incidents occurred on campus and at locations near campus.  In each instance, it appears that the race or national origin of the victim was the motivating factor for the conduct,” officials said.

“Hate crimes are defined by The Clery Act as a criminal offense committed against a person or property, which is motivated in whole or part by the victim’s race, gender, gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity or national origin.”

University officials released a statement that said, in part:

“Behavior motivated by hate and/or bias will not be tolerated.  Community members involved in perpetrating a hate crime/ bias incident will be subject to investigation by the Office of Equal Opportunity and to the appropriate disciplinary process.  Acts that meet the definition of a hate crime will also be referred to the Denver Police Department or other law enforcement agencies as appropriate.

“Individuals can help combat discrimination and acts of bias by being proactive in reporting such incidents as soon as they occur.  You can also combat discrimination and acts of bias by being an ally to targeted communities and to actively take leadership in shaping and promoting our core DU value of inclusive excellence.”

To report nonemergency incidents that are believed to be motivated by bias, submit a report to the Office of Equal Opportunity.

When there is an immediate risk to personal safety, call 911.