York is one of the safer student cities in the UK, but hate crime happens, as it does in all parts of the country. In rare cases, students and staff might meet people who use words or actions against them because they have (or are perceived to have) a particular identity.
A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person's race; religion; sexual orientation; disability; or gender identity. It does not matter whether the victim actually belongs to the group at which the hostility is targeted. An act which is not an offence may be treated as a hate incident. Any allegation of hate crime is likely to invoke the disciplinary procedures.
If you have experienced or witnessed a hate incident or crime, report it.
It is very important that hate incidents are reported so that the Police get a picture of what is happening and can take targeted action. If left unchallenged, this may result in further acts of intimidation or violence, against yourself or others.
The Police want to know about incidents regardless of whether they are a crime or not. The Police will log the incident and take further steps, if required.
If it is not an emergency, students can come to discuss their options with either the Welfare Adviser or International Student Support Adviser who are based in Holgate Student Centre. They will give students a confidential space to discuss their situation and offer information, advice and guidance on reporting incidents should they wish to. We would encourage students and staff who witness or hear about hate incidents, to inform our Welfare Adviser or International Student Support Adviser. This will help us keep a close watch on hate crime related incidents in our community. On receiving this information, they can liaise with our Police Community Support Officer and the local Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team. Staff can speak to a member of the Dignity and Respect Network.
If you would rather speak to an external person, a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) is available to listen to you. They can offer information and advice. They can also support you to report but they cannot take a statement. Visit the Student Advice Team to find out about the next drop-in session.
In an Emergency
- On a York St John University site dial 4666 or call 07885 201182, 24 hours a day (security services).
- Otherwise dial 999
- North Yorkshire Police dial 101 or email email@example.com
- Supporting Victims dial 01609 643100
- True Vision www.report-it.org.uk (anonymous)
For more information and to report online: North Yorkshire Police
If someone who has experienced a hostile incident, the most important thing that you can do – besides encouraging reporting of an incident – is to offer support: a listening ear and sympathy will help a great deal. Recovery from a hate crime takes, at least, twice as long compared to recovery from non-biased crimes. It will help reduce trauma if you:
- Acknowledge that a hate incident has taken place,
- Firmly state that the treatment they’ve experienced is not tolerated on our campus and in the city, and
- Provide reassurance that no blame rests on the victim.
Melanie Spanton, Welfare Adviser: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alice Rowan and Dave Murphy, International Student Support Officers: email@example.com
Wellbeing team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell MAMA (supporting victims of anti-Muslim hate)
Community Security Trust (supporting victims of antisemitism)
Personal Safety (Suzy Lamplugh Trust)
Citizen Advice has a good explanation about hate incidents and crime. For more information, visit the Citizen Advice website.