At Hallam we want to promote an inclusive community where everyone feels welcome, valued, respected, safe, and like they belong here.

Some acts of 'hate' are very overt and obviously offensive; some are more covert, subtle, but have devastating affects on those who receive them.

For Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021 we are asking you, student or staff member, to think about what we can do as individuals and collectively, to stand up against hate.

Make a pledge to stand up and stamp out hate at Hallam.

Go to Hallam twitter page and make your pledge @hallamreports @sheffhallamuni, using #noplaceforhate #westandtogether

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If you witness or experience hate, we encourage you to take a moment to tell us .... just speaking out in this way can help. You can report it anonymously, or chose to talk to us about it and explore what the options are. If we don't know the extend of the problem we struggle to respond. Tell us here:  https://reportandsupport.shu.ac.uk/report 

If you are not sure what we are talking about, read on .... 

Hate can cause a range of emotional responses, including fear, anger and shock. People experience mental and physical wellbeing issues such as problems sleeping, depression, anxiety.

Hate hurts and no one should have to tolerate it.

Find out about South Yorkshire Police's response to Hate Crime



Hate incidents hurt individuals and communities, and reporting them allows the University and the police to better understand and deal with what is happening. 

Hate incidents and hate crimes are terms used to describe acts of violence or hostility that are perceived (by the victim or a witness) to be directed at people because of who they are or who someone thinks they are.

They motivated by hostility or prejudice, based on the following characteristics

  • race – nationality, ethnicity, skin colour and heritage
  • faith – religion, belief, non-religious belief
  • disability – physical, hearing and visual impairments, mental ill health and learning disabilities
  • sexual orientation – people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or heterosexual
  • gender identity – people who identify as ‘trans’ including transgender or transsexual people
Any act of hostility or hate that is motivated by prejudice can be classed as a hate incident. Some of these will also constitute a criminal offence, and so are therefore classed as 'hate crime.'

These incidents can include an act of hostility or violence against a person or against property, and can includes materials posted online.

Some examples of hate incidents include

  • verbal abuse like name-calling and offensive jokes
  • harassment
  • bullying or intimidation by children, adults, neighbours or strangers
  • physical attacks such as hitting, punching, pushing, spitting
  • threats of violence
  • hoax calls, abusive phone or text messages, hate mail
  • online abuse, for example on Facebook or Twitter
  • displaying or circulating discriminatory literature or posters
  • harm or damage to things such as your home, pet, or vehicle
  • graffiti
  • arson
  • throwing rubbish into a garden
  • malicious complaints, for example over parking, smells or noise

Hate incidents and crimes include bullying, harassment and sexual harassment which are contrary to the Equality Act 2010 and the university's disciplinary regulations.

If you think you have experienced a hate incident, it may be hard to know what to do or how to feel. What happened was not your fault. What you do next is your choice.





There are two ways you can tell us what happened