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Reporting hate crime

The Hate Crime & Online Harassment project stems from the University being awarded a share of the £1.8 million from HEFCE, the aim is to increase awareness of Hate Crime and Online Harassment and tackle the issue of under reporting on campus. The project is a year long and is working in partnership with the Students’ Union as their Advice Centre is a 3rd party reporting centre. We work with Lancashire Constabulary and True Vision to provide a confidential and free service where you can get the support you need.

Students can report hate crimes and incidents as well as online harassment at the Advice Centre in the Students’ Union where there are trained advisors to support you through the process.

Even if you are unsure if a crime has been committed, we encourage students to get in touch as it is just as important to report incidents.

You can report a hate crime/incident or online harassment in the strictest confidence, by emailing or visiting the Advice Centre.

What is a Hate Crime?

Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents are acts of violence or hostility directed at a person because of who they are or who somebody thinks they are.
A crime or an incident is classed as ‘hate’ if it was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on one of the following things:
• Disability
• Race or Ethnicity
• Religion or Belief
• Sexual Orientation
• Transgender Identity

What is Online Harassment?

Online harassment and cyber bullying can take a wide variety of forms including:
• “Trolling” (sending menacing or upsetting messages)
• Identity theft
• “Doxxing” (making available personal information)
• Cyber stalking

Students’ Union Advice Centre

As well as being a third party reporting centre for Hate Crime, the Advice Centre can give free, confidential and independent help and advice on: Academic Matters, Housing & Accommodation, Money & Benefits, Employment and Health & Wellbeing.

Advice Reception Opening Times:

Monday – Thursday, 10am – 4pm
Fridays, 10am – 1pm.
*Hours may vary.

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