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.