Hate crimes hurt individuals and communities, and reporting it allows the University and the police to better understand and deal with what is happening.
Hate incidents and hate crime are acts of violence or hostility against a person or property that is motivated by hostility or prejudice towards a person due to a particular characteristic. This could be related to disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender identity or an alternative sub-culture. A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.
What to consider
Are you in immediate danger? If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, you should call 999 (or 112 from a mobile).
Finding a safe space. If an incident has just happened try and find somewhere you feel safe. If this isn't possible and you are scared or fearful you can call University Security on 0131 455 6119.
What is a hate crime? It might be useful to think about what hate crime is and how some of the behaviours are described.
To a friend. Talking things through with someone you trust can sometimes help.
Student Counselling and Mental Wellbeing - the team offer a range of support and advice for students who are experiencing stress, anxiety or other mental health issues.
Your School. Students can talk to their Personal Development Tutor
Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association (ENSA) ENSA employs a team of professional advisers to provide one-to-one advice to Edinburgh Napier University students. It’s a free and comprehensive welfare rights and education service. They can offer information, support and advice with signposting and referral to more specialist services.
Residence Life team. If you are a student in our accommodation, all of the residences have a team of Student Accommodation Officers and Resident Assistants (RLA’s) living in-house. This team can be an important source of guidance and support for students.
Human Resource Contacts. If you are a member of staff your HR partner will be able to identify the support that’s available for you.
Trade Unions. There are two trade unions that represent staff at the University: Unison and the EIS.
Workplace Options. Workplace Options is the University's Employee Assistance Programme Provider and they provide a free, confidential and independent resource to help employees balance their work, family and personal lives. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by phone, e-mail or online and provides information, resources and counselling.
Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association (ENSA) ENSA employs a team of professional advisers to provide one-to-one advice to Edinburgh Napier University students. It’s a free and comprehensive welfare rights and education service. They can offer information, support and advice with signposting and referral to more specialist services and may be able to help you report a hate crime anonymously to the Police.
To the Police. If you want to report directly to the police you can call the Police Scotland or contact them anonymously via their online form for reporting hate crime. In an emergency call 999 or 101 in an non-emergency. You can also report in person by calling in to your local Police station.
Report and Support. Students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. You can choose to do this anonymously or you can request support from an advisor. If you choose to talk to an advisor they will be able to talk through the options and support available to you, in confidence.
You can choose to make a formal complaint to the University about a student or member of staff and there are procedures which set out the steps you'll need to follow. Bullying and harassment are contrary to the Equality Act 2010 and the University’s Dignity at Work Policy and our Student Code of Conduct
Take care of yourself. It’s important that you take care of yourself. If you’ve experienced or heard something distressing or if something is troubling you, the University's Wellbeing Service offers confidential help for students and staff can use the University’s Workplace Options service