Harassment and hate crime

Harassment and hate crime

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The University of Nottingham is committed to ensuring we do everything we can to provide a safe and supportive environment for everyone.

If you have been subject to harassment, abuse or assault, we strongly encourage you to report to help us keep you safe and to ensure our community is respectful and inclusive at all times. Without your report, we cannot always act or understand the type or scale of issues we need to address.

Harassment is any type of unwanted behaviour that you find offensive or which makes you feel intimidated or humiliated. This can take the form of spoken or written words or abuse; offensive emails, tweets or comments on social networking sites; images and graffiti; physical gestures; facial expressions; or comments attempted to be passed off as jokes.

We take all reports very seriously and will make an assessment about the best way to support you. All reports will be handled in confidence. We will not share your details without your permission unless there is an urgent concern about your safety or the safety of others.

Report an incident online with Report + Support

Let’s be clear on consent

Let’s be clear on consent is a University initiative that aims to provide students with information about sexual consent as well as tackle the myths and misunderstandings about sexual consent, rape and sexual abuse.

If you have experienced sexual assault or rape, please speak to someone at the university so they can support you. You may initially want to speak to a staff member you know for guidance, but if you are still unsure about who to contact and you wish to speak to a member of the welfare team for advice, please click here and one of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please note this email address is not a helpline and if you need to speak to someone urgently, contact the Police or University Security.

Download the Let’s be clear on consent information guide


Hate crime

The University of Nottingham has always maintained a strong commitment to supporting and celebrating our diverse community. We want you to feel safe and welcome in Nottingham because it’s as much your home as it is anyone else’s.

Hate crimes can take many different forms from race and religion to sexual orientation and identity to disabilities. It's important that you know how to recognise and report them.

If you experience hate crime, it’s important to report it. This can help prevent it happening to someone else, and allows the Police to understand hate crime in your local area and improve the way they respond to it.

Nottinghamshire Police launched a new Hate Crime campaign on 06 July 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This campaign is an outcome of partnership work between various organisations that are committed to tackle hate crime across Nottinghamshire in response to any discrimination or verbal abuse experienced during the pandemic.

 Download an information leaflet on how to report in:


Reporting hate crime

Report + Support

Report online at https://reportandsupport.nottingham.ac.uk/report

This is a confidential reporting service and all reports will be passed to the correct team who will respond as soon as possible.

UoN Security

Contact security@nottingham.ac.uk or 0115 951 3013 (monitored 24/7).

Security staff will take an account of the incident and offer support, including assisting with a report to the Police.

Students' Union Advice

Contact suadvice@nottingham.ac.uk

Students' Union Advice is a True Vision hate crime reporting centre - if you believe you have experienced hate crime, contact the service for more information.

True Vision Hate Crime

Report online at report-it.org.uk.

This is a confidential reporting service and all reports are passed on to the Police.


Domestic violence

The Home Office defines domestic violence as 'any incident or pattern or incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 years and over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality'. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • psychological             
  • physical
  • sexual 
  • financial
  • emotional

If you are feeling unsafe in the place where you live please consider contacting the University as we will be able to offer you advice and support. 

You may feel unsafe from family members, a partner or ex-partner or it may be a friendship which has become difficult.

Relationships with friends can also become unhealthy and abusive, and whilst this may not be identified as domestic abuse, it can impact negatively on a student’s well-being and safety. This can particularly be the case when students are sharing accommodation.

If you are worried that a housemate or close friend is causing you harm, please contact the University for advice and support by emailing offcampus@nottingham.ac.uk

Visit the HealthyU website for information on support available



Student Communications Officer

Communications and Marketing
University Park Campus
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone:+44 (0)115 82 32353
e: studentcommsoffice@nottingham.ac.uk