Our zero tolerance to hate crime and harassment on campus campaign has engaged almost 6,000 students and 150 staff members on campus to empower them to draw the line on hate crime.
The Draw the Line campaign is a joint project between LUU and the University which aims to raise awareness of hate crime and harassment on campus, foster a culture of challenging attitudes on campus, reporting hate crime and supporting victims.
Martha Adebambo, Hate Crime Support Project Coordinator, said:
“Any student making a report will always be believed and supported. Our Hate Crime Support Student Ambassadors are here for you and work to empower students and staff to stand up against hate incidents and crimes.
“We are encouraging everyone who has been a victim of a hate crime or harassment, or witnessed one on campus to report it online anonymously, here. I’d encourage anyone to report, as we need to understand the severity of the problem and will be unable to provide adequate support structures.”
The online reporting system, which was launched on 01 May 2018, is for both staff and students to use. Members can report any incidents of hate crime, sexual assault and online harassment they might experience or witnessed. The form is completely anonymous but provides options for extra support.
Throughout the project, Hate Crime Ambassadors provided bystander training and self-defence classes as well as drop-in sessions and training to university staff. During National Hate Crime Awareness Week they held a showcase event where the impact the project has had on and off campus was discussed. Kevin Brighton from the West Yorkshire Police was also at the event and discussed how the police are tackle hate crimes in the wider Leeds community. The evening was concluded with a powerful and inspiring Spoken Word performance from AKTIII.
The Draw the Line project is now off the ground, and although funding has now be utilised and there will no longer be ambassadors, the online reporting tool and other hate crime and harassment support tools are still live. If you require support after the project has finished please contact LUU help and support team here.