Hate crime

At the University we are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment. We believe that hate crime  of any kind is never okay, and we are empowering you to recognise and report incidents. We will provide practical and emotional support to anyone who chooses to report a hate crime. 

Definition of a hate crime

A hate crime is when someone breaks the law by hurting another person because of prejudice against a group that they belong to.  A hate crime is not normally caused by something the victim did or said, but more because of a persons’ identity (otherwise known as protected characteristic).  A hate crime can include verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, assault and bullying.

Definition of a hate incident

A hate incident is any kind of prejudice or bias against a protected characteristic that is not a criminal offence.  A hate incident can start as a micro-aggression: subtle behaviour, such as everyday insults, offensive and hurtful words, slurs, degrading language, snubs and insults.

What to do if I am a victim or witness of a hate crime or incident

We encourage you to have the confidence to recognise a hate crime or incident and to report it.

You can report a hate crime or incident in a number of ways:

  • Call the police, phone 999 in an emergency or 101 for non-emergencies.
  • Use the police online reporting tool, True Vision.
  • Visit Guild Advice in the Guild of Students, where you can talk to a trained advisor.
  • Visit the Campus Police Officer (based in University Centre, opposite Spa).
  • Visit the University's Security Services.
  • Report online through Stop Hate UK.

Support available

National Hate Crime Awareness Week

The University of Birmingham supported National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018. We organised many events within the student community to raise awareness and to recognise this annual UK event.

For further information about Hate Crime, please read our Hate Crime Booklet (PDF - 4MB).

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day is a nationally recognised day to celebrate kindness in our day to day life.  The University of Birmingham supported this day by giving students a Kindness Postcard along with a free bar of chocolate.  The postcards encouraged students  to write some kind words and pass it on to someone to spread kindness.