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Taking action against Hate Crime

Published: 12 October 2022

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Did you know that the number of hate crimes reported to Police in York has risen by 50 per cent over the last four years?

Hate undermines people’s dignity and safety and has no place in our community. York St John University is determined to provide an inclusive, accessible and welcoming environment which supports a diverse and culturally rich community.  

This year, we marked Hate Crime Awareness Week with a roadshow on campus to raise awareness of our All About Respect campaign, share resources, and support people to be active bystanders 

We also came together to learn more about hate crime and how to report to North Yorkshire Police, and get independent support from York Racial Equality Network.  

Christian Smith, President of Wellbeing and Diversity, York St John University Students’ Union said: 

"York St John Students' Union remains committed to the fight against hate crime. It is now so important to be an active bystander around instances of hate crime - that is why our Sports and Societies members are rising to the challenge of signing up 1000 students to the All About Respect bystander training by the end of the 2022/23 academic year. I encourage everyone to complete the training beyond Hate Crime Awareness week so that we can continue to keep York St John an inclusive, welcoming and safe environment for all." 

Complete the online Bystander Awareness training course 

Vice Chancellor Professor Karen Bryan said 

“Our commitment to stop hate crime continues throughout the year, but during Hate Crime Awareness Week, we have an opportunity to really focus on the actions we can all take to ensure everyone feels safe. Our All About Respect project works closely with local organisations to support training for staff and students and I urge everyone to continue engaging with the opportunities they provide.” 

Students at York St John can get information about unacceptable behaviours, how to make disclosures and report incidents to our online Report and Support platform and staff are strongly encouraged to report any concerns to their line manager.  



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