Hate crime or incident support

Practical support for students who have experienced a hate crime or incident

NTSU and Student Support Service staff recognise the seriousness of issues faced by students who have experienced a hate crime or incident, and we’re committed to promoting Respect at NTU. We work in partnership with Nottinghamshire Police and promote True Vision (their online reporting tool) to provide a confidential and free service where you can get the support you need.

Some hate crimes are obvious, such as openly racist attacks. Others are less so, such as name-calling, teasing and bullying. Some are aimed at whole communities, some are directed at individuals and some may involve targeting people, buildings or possessions. The important thing is, if it is happening because of who you are, then it needs reporting.

What is a hate crime?

A hate crime is any crime where someone is targeted because of their identity. Hate crime can take any shape and isn't always illegal behaviour, but it is always motivated by prejudice often in the following areas:

  • race or ethnicity
  • religion
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • transgender identity
  • misogyny
  • alternative sub-culture, e.g. goth.

It can disguise itself under many different names (homophobia, Islamophobia or racism to name a few), but however labelled, it's still wrong and we can take action against offenders. All hate crime is serious: everyone has the right to live their life without fear of prejudice, discrimination and hate.

What is a hate incident?

Different from a hate crime, a hate incident is a non-criminal act committed because of hostility or prejudice towards a person based on the same categories as above.

Hate crime or hate incident, either way, the Police, Students’ Union and NTU will take what action they can to support you.

A hate crime or hate incident can take many forms both physical and verbal, including, but not limited to: name calling, offensive graffiti, offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls, offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, intimidating behaviour including gang presence, threat of attacks including, bullying at school or in the workplace, cyberbullying and unfounded malicious complaints.

How do I report a hate crime/incident and/or request support?

If you’re a victim or witness to a hate crime or incident, you can report it using any of the following ways:

  • In an emergency, please call 999 and the police will respond immediately.
  • Call 101 or visit your local police station where you will be able to speak to a member of staff who can offer advice and take your report. If you're not comfortable speaking to someone directly, you can report it online via the True Visionwebsite.
  • If you would like to make a complaint about another NTU student, you can report this to the University under the Student Code of Behaviour via Warden Services.

The organisation True Vision has more information about hate crime definition and reporting.

If you’re a victim or witness to a hate crime or incident, you can request support.

Students are reminded that NTU has policies and expectations relating to student behaviour detailed on our Respect and Consent pages and discriminatory or harmful behaviours will not be tolerated: