All too often, incidents occur on college campuses that reflect a bias on the part of the perpetrator towards individuals, systems or groups of people.  While an institution’s bias-incident policy or response team might address these types of incidents, not all incidents might be reportable hate crimes under the Clery Act.

This webinar will

  • Review how hate crimes are defined and classified under the Clery Act
  • Explore how incidents might be violations of policy but not a Clery crime statistic
  • Discuss helpful strategies to explain the distinctions between hate crimes under Clery versus bias related incidents in general
  • Share messaging for campuses to use to encourage reporting of all concerning bias-related incidents

This webinar will utilize the Classifying Hate Crimes professional development tool in this year’s NCSAM toolkit. We will be joined by John Lowery for this webinar whose background and expertise in student conduct, the Clery Act, and first amendment protections will support our discussions on drawing distinctions between hate crimes under Clery and bias incidents in general. Please submit any questions you have about hate crimes under Clery or bias incidents to Laura Egan at by September 26th in order for answers to be addressed during the webinar.

A recording of the webinar will be made available to all registrants.


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Laura Egan

Laura Egan
Senior Director of Programs
Clery Center

Laura Egan oversees the development and execution of training and technical assistance projects, programs, and resources at Clery Center, including Clery Act Training Seminars, webinars, and National Campus Safety Awareness Month.  She presents nationally and provides individualized support on compliance with and implementation of Clery Act requirements, campus safety, compliance, and gender based violence and discrimination.  Prior to joining the Clery Center, Laura worked at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA for five years serving in both residence life and student conduct roles.

Laura earned a B.A. in Psychology from Villanova University and a M.A. in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University.


John Wesley Lowery, Ph.D.
Department Chairperson and Graduate Coordinator
Professor/Department of Student Affairs in Higher Education
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

John Wesley Lowery’s interest in student affairs began at the University of Virginia, where he was very active in University Union working with concert promotions and managing a DJ service. After UVA, Lowery went to the University of South Carolina’s Student Personnel Services Program. After graduate school, he served as university judicial administrator at Washington University in St. Louis. He spent one year at Adrian College as director of Residence Life before entering the doctoral program in Higher Education Administration at Bowling Green State University. During his final year of his doctoral studies, Lowery served as a visiting instructor in BGSU’s College Student Development Program. After completing his PhD in 2000, Lowery served on the University of South Carolina’s faculty for six years and coordinated the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. He also served on the faculty at Oklahoma State University for two years. Lowery joined the SAHE faculty at IUP in August 2008.

In additional to his professional experience, Lowery has been very active in professional associations. He was a member of the 2006 NASPA Conference Committee. He served on the board of directors for both NASPA and ASJA. In recent years, John has presented at numerous conferences including ACPA, ASJA, the Donald D. Gehring Academy for Student Conduct Administration, NASPA, NACA, and the NASPA/Stetson Student Affairs Law and Policy Conference. Lowery serves on the Board of Contributors for About Campus. He has also coedited a 2005 special issue of the NASPA Journal on legal issues and judicial affairs and served as an About Campus Department editor, on the NASPA Journal Editorial Board, and as a reviewer for the College Student Affairs Journal and Oracle.

In August 2009, John joined the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management as an affiliated consultant. NCHERM is a law and consulting firm dedicated to best practices for campus health and safety. NCHERM emphasizes best practices for policy, training, and educational programming as proactive risk management. NCHERM specializes in advancing culture change strategies and problem-solving for the challenging wellness, compliance and liability issues colleges and universities face today.

Throughout his career, Lowery has been honored by several organizations. In 2007, he was recognized by the Higher Education Administration doctoral program at BGSU as the alumnus of year in “recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession through teaching, research, and service.” He also received the 2007 ASJA D. Parker Young Award for “outstanding ongoing scholarly research contributions to the fields of higher education and student judicial affairs.” The USC Student Personnel Association recognized his contributions in the classroom awarding him the 2006, 2004, and 2001 Faculty Member of the Year awards.