Hate Crime and Incidents

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 is a hate incident. Any allegation of hate crime is likely to invoke disciplinary procedures.

Hate crime can be: 

  • name-calling
  • graffiti or writing
  • damage to your property
  • physical attacks
  • threats of violence
  • online abuse.

If you have experienced or witnessed a hate incident or crime, report it.

Hate crime will not be tolerated anywhere on campus. If you experience hate crime, please report it either to a member of staff (if you are a student) or to your line manager (if you are an employee). We also have a Report and Support site where students can access support information as well as report any hate incidents either anonymously or to a Welfare Adviser. We particularly encourage students and staff who have experienced or witnessed racist, homo/bi/transphobic, antisemitic, islamophobic, disablist or misogynistic incidents to report. 

We would encourage students and staff who witness or hear about hate incidents to report. This will help us keep a close watch on hate crime related incidents in our community. 

It is also very important that hate incidents are reported to the Police so that they 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.

However, if you do not wish to report directly to the Police, then you can call Supporting Victims or report online to True Vision. It does not matter if the ‘characteristic’ is real or perceived. The Welfare Adviser or International Student Support Adviser

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. Staff can speak to a member of the Dignity and Respect Network who have been trained about hate crime.

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 Information Desk to find out about the next drop-in session.

What is hate crime?

Citizen Advice has a good explanation about hate incidents and crime. For more information, visit the Citizen Advice website.

Definition of antisemitism

On 9 July 2019, the Executive Board agreed to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism:

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

The IHRA has provided examples of antisemitism on their website.

IHRA website

Reporting an incident

In an Emergency

  • On a York St John University site ring security on 01904 87 6444 (or 6444) or text 07885 201182, 24 hours a day (security services).
  • Otherwise dial 999


For more information and to report online: North Yorkshire Police

How to support a victim

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.

What support is available for students?

Visit our Report and Support site.

Welfare: E: wellbeing@yorksj.ac.uk, tel. 01904 876477

International Student Support: E: iss@yorksj.ac.uk 

Police Community Support Officer. Ask at the Student Information Desk to find out about their next drop in.

What support is available for staff?

External support

Disability Hate Crime

Galop (LGBT+ anti-violence) 

Stonewall (LGBT resources)

Tell MAMA (supporting victims of anti-Muslim hate)

Community Security Trust (supporting victims of antisemitism)

Personal Safety (Suzy Lamplugh Trust)

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