At SUBU Advice we would encourage you to report any hate crimes or incidents, no matter how small and we are here to support you to do so.
If you have been a victim or witnessed a hate crime we can report this anonymously as a third party if you would prefer to not share your details.
The term 'hate crime' can be used to describe a range of criminal behaviour where the victim has been targeted
by hostility due to their perceived disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity.
Hate Crime is a criminal offence and if reported, can lead to prosecution against the perpetrator.
A hate incident is when someone has been targeted due to their perceived protected characteristics, but the
incident does not constitute a criminal offence. Hate incidents can be reported to the police the same way as a Hate Crime.
Microaggression can be defined as a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle,
or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalised group such as a racial or ethnic minority.
If you have been the victim or witnessed microaggression on campus, there is the option raise this via the
university’s complaints procedure.
The University’s Complaints Policy can be found here
Please contact us if you have experienced microaggression and would like advice and support to raise a complaint.
Whether you have or know someone who has been a victim of a hate crime or hate incident, our Hate Crime Reporting Centre is here for you.
If you have been a victim of a crime, or witnessed a crime then you may feel you need someone to talk to. Whether this be for practical help, such
as submitting an insurance claim, or emotional support.
A Hate Crime is any criminal offence where the victim has been targeted because of their perceived protected characteristics. Protected
characteristics include race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and belief. Hate Crime is a criminal
offence which should be reported to the police.
Hate Crime can include:
- threatening behaviour
- damage to property
- inciting others to commit hate crimes
This short video shows how BU, SUBU and Dorset Police are working together to respond to hate incidents
or crimes that occur on or off campus.
How can I report a crime?
If a crime is in progress or you are in immediate danger you should call 999. If the crime isn't an emergency then you can report it by
calling 101. If you do not want to report a hate crime directly to the police the you can also report the crime online at report-it.org.uk or via the Dorset Hate Crime App. Alternatively, you can report via SUBU Advice as we are Third Party Reporting Centre. You can
choose to remain anonymous when reporting. Contact us for more information.
Support available at BU
SUBU Advice is here to help and can point you in the right direction for specialist advice and support. We can also advise you on relevant
SUBU and BU Policies and Procedures, e.g.
exceptional circumstances, formally known as mitigating circumstances. BU provides a Wellbeing service and staff in the Chaplaincy are also qualified to provide students with emotional support. You can also speak to your GP, friends, family and/or the Samaritans. Each Faculty also has a
Student Support and Engagement Team who can provide you with advice and support. Contact the service/s you feel most comfortable approaching.