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Harassment and Hate Crime

The University of Nottingham is committed to ensuring we do everything we can to provide a safe and supportive environment for all of our students. If you have been subject to any disrespectful harassment, abuse, or assault, please report this via the methods below.

The University takes all reports of incidents very seriously. We will listen. We won't judge. We will understand your concern. Then we will act as quickly as possible to support you and to make sure that the problem is dealt with.

Email harassment@nottingham.ac.uk

Our harassment inbox is managed by a small team of qualified specialist staff who treat every report with appropriate confidentiality. Once received, the team will review the report and direct it to an appropriate staff member for response. That person will then get in touch with you to provide support and outline what steps can be taken.

Talk to someone here at the University

There are a range of supportive staff here at the University who can help if you have experienced harassment or hateful behaviour. Within your School, Welfare Officers are available at a point of contact. If you’re in Halls of Residence, the Warden team can provide support. Students’ Union Advice are independent of the University so can be used if that feels more comfortable to you. The University Security service are also available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We want you to feel in control so would encourage you to use whichever service feels most helpful for you.

Making a report to the Police

Where there is concern that the incident could be a criminal offence, the University can support you to report the matter to the police. We have a strong relationship with our local police force and can be on hand to accompany and support you with reporting matters and making statements as necessary. If you are in an emergency or feel in immediate danger then do not hesitate to contact our Security team (0115 951 8888) or the police directly (999).


What you need to know

What is a hate crime?

The term 'hate crime' can be used to describe a range of criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or demonstrates hostility towards the victim's disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity. In addition, Nottingham was the first city to identify misogyny as a hate crime.

These aspects of a person's identity are known as 'protected characteristics'. A hate crime can include verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, assault and bullying, as well as damage to property. The perpetrator can also be a friend, carer or acquaintance who exploits their relationship with the victim for financial gain or some other criminal purpose.

Not all hate incidents or harassment will meet the legal threshold for criminal behaviour but all should be reported so that you can be supported and so that they can be addressed as far as possible.

More information about hate crimes can be found at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) website.

Students' Union Advice are a True Vision Hate Crime Reporting Centre. If you believe you have been a victim of hate crime, please contact Students’ Union Advice - tel: 0115 846 8730 or email: SUAdvice@nottingham.ac.uk

Our Student Community

At the University of Nottingham you’re part of a 45,000-strong community of students from over 150 countries. Our diverse global community is one of our greatest strengths and includes people from a huge range of backgrounds, identities and belief systems. This is what makes us such a vibrant and pioneering community.

It’s important that we all understand how to interact with each other to make everyone’s time here at Nottingham as positive as possible. We want you to feel at home and we expect every member of our community to be treated – and to treat others – with respect. We’re committed to providing a safe and friendly environment for everyone.

The University and the Students’ Union have clear policies around dignity, respect and discriminatory harassment. Bullying, threatening or offensive behaviour are all examples of misconduct in our Student Charter, and will lead to disciplinary action. This type of conduct is not welcome here.