What is Hate Crime?
The official definition of a hate crime is: ‘any incident that is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on race or ethnicity, religion or belief, disability, sexual identity or gender identity.’
If you think you’ve been a victim of a hate crime, you can’t be wrong, because it’s the victim’s perception of the incident that matters. Both victims and bystanders can report hate crimes.
Zero Tolerance Towards Hate Crimes
At LUU and at the University, we take a zero tolerance approach to hate crimes and incidents. We are here to support you and we take all reports seriously.
LUU’s Draw the Line campaign aims to end harassment our students can face while studying in Leeds. The primary focus is tackling hate crime and creating a challenge, report and support culture amongst the student and staff community. Through training and resources we endeavour to spread awareness of these issues and empower you to feel able to combat them.
Why Report a Hate Crime?
You may not want to report a hate crime for many reasons, you may be worried you won’t be believed or you may not think you’ll be taken seriously or it will change anything.
This is not the case.
There are loads of positives to reporting a hate crime to us, whether they have happened on or off campus.
Reporting it could stop incidents from happening to others. It can also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in the area, so that they can better respond to it. You can report a hate crime anonymously and don’t have to talk to the police, but if you do, we can help you.
How to Report
Reporting a hate crime or incident doesn’t always mean you have to go straight to the police, there are plenty of options out there for you.
Alternatively, get confidential advice from the Help and Support team in the Foyer or email them here.
If it’s an emergency, for example there is an immediate risk of you being injured, call the police on 999.