How to report a hate crime.
If you feel you have experienced a hate crime, we recommend that you contact the police in the first instance. To report an incident to the police by phone, call 101. If it’s an emergency you should call 999.
It is always your decision, but you may decide to disclose details of the hate crime you have experience to the University and make a formal complaint when the allegation is against a student or University staff member. University staff will always ensure that you are supported through the process.
Disclosing to a member of staff
If you disclose to a member of University staff that you have experience a hate crime, they will:
- Be supportive
- Listen to you
- Talk with you about getting access to support
- Send an e-mail to the University Secretary, informing them of the situation and confirming any agreements made about support you would like to access
Will the University report details of my disclosure to the police?
The University, including the Advice Place, will not normally report a hate crime to the police without obtaining your permission. However, if the alleged perpetrator of the hate crime presents a continued threat to you and/or other members of the University community, it may be necessary for us to breach confidentiality and report the assault to the police. Any such decision would be taken by the University Secretary’s committee following discussion with you and based on legal advice, if required.
Following your disclosure of your experience of a hate crime, you should expect to hear from the member of staff whom you have disclosed the information to, confirming:
- What was discussed
- What support was provided
- Any decision agreed
Making a formal complaint against a student or staff member
If you would like to take formal action against a University of Edinburgh student or staff member, you can do this through the complaints procedure.
Support within your School
You can also speak to speak to a member of the Student Support Team within your School as well as your Personal Tutor (UG/PGT) or Supervisor (PGR) who will be able to assist and direct you to additional sources of support if required.