Steps to take immediately
· Finding a safe space. If possible, try and find somewhere you feel safe.
· To a friend. Talking things through with someone you trust can sometimes help.
· The student wellbeing team. We can help you to go through your options: including reporting the incident to police, to the university, or to access medical and emotional support only and make no formal report. To access this support, please report with personal details and you will be contacted to arrange an appointment.
· Multifaith Chaplaincy. Confidential personal support to people of any religion or none.
· Independent specialist support. There are a number of support services you can call or visit who you can talk with about what has happened to you, such as Stop Hate UK.
· Report to the police. If you want to report directly to the police you can call 999 for emergency or 101 for non-emergency. South Yorkshire Police have an online form for reporting hate crime.
· Report to the police using a third party organisation or online form. True Vision and Stop Hate UK both offer online reporting
· Report the incident anonymously. You can report online to Crimestoppers or call 0800 555 111.
· Sheffield Hallam Student Union is a designated Hate Crime Reporting Centre, which means they provide a free, confidential service to help support you if you feel you have been the victim of a hate crime or hate incident, and to assist you in reporting any incidents as either a victim or a witness.
· Report to the University. You can report anonymously or you can speak to specialist members of student wellbeing team. We can help you to go through your options: including reporting the incident to police, to the university, or to access medical and emotional support only and make no formal report.
To access this support, please report with personal details and you will be contacted to arrange an appointment.
· Report the incident through University disciplinary processes. A specialist member of student wellbeing team can help you make a report to the disciplinary team.
If you choose to name a member of staff or a student in your report, there are procedures which set out the actions the university may take. This may include carrying out conduct investigations.
When you report an allegation of misconduct to the University, we have a dedicated team who will consider your allegation and liaise with you regarding next steps. It is likely that you will be invited to meet with one of the team to discuss your allegation in detail to establish the details of the matter. We do this using student regulations and policies such as the Disciplinary Regulations for students and the Student Anti-Harassment Policy and Procedure which are available on shuspace.
The full range of possible sanctions is available in section 48 of the Disciplinary Regulations.
If you think you or someone you know has experienced a hate incident there are a variety of support options available, in addition to the reporting options listed above. You have the right to choose which support options you wish to access.
· Student Union Advice Centre The Students' Union provides a confidential, non-judgemental and free service available to all Sheffield Hallam Students. It is independent from the university, so issues with the advice service will not appear on your file without your consent.
The advice team provides specialist advice and support on academic issues such as concerns about your university experience, formal complaints and appeals, disciplinary hearings and academic misconduct investigations.
· Trade Unions. Sheffield Hallam recognises a number of trade unions. UNISON, UNITE, UCU and GMB. Search for trade unions on the staff intranet for more information about contacts and how to join
· Line management. You can report what has happened to your line manager if you feel able to do this.