Hate Crimes

The SU is an inclusive community, where everyone has the right to be treated with respect. Harassment, bullying, intimidation and discrimination go against all we stand for and will not be tolerated. This page provides information and support.
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If you have been affected in any way by harassment, bullying, intimidation or discrimination there are a range of support services provided by the universities, The Students' Union and external organisations who can help all students and staff. You may not know it, but you may have experienced a hate crime which is reportable to the police.

We would encourage you to report any incidents– no matter how small you might think these are- and seek the support you might need.

Falmouth and Exeter Speak Out

Our new joint reporting tool ‘Falmouth & Exeter Speak Out’, is designed to make it easier for you to report incidents of bullying, harassment and discrimination and ensure the right support is provided.

“It is so important to raise awareness that hate crime (and that includes racism, sexism and homophobia) is a serious and ongoing issue. The reporting tool exists in order to create a platform to get your voices and experiences heard and enable us to proactively tackle these issues.
Falmouth & Exeter Speak Out works with a zero-tolerance policy, and you can report any incidents, no matter how big or small you might think they are – including microaggressions- “informally” or “anonymously”.  This tool is an inclusive and safe space, designed to make sure that every student and staff member feels included regardless of ethnicity or background."

– Charlotte Agnew, President Welfare and Inclusivity

We want to know about all incidents on our campuses.

Make an informal report Make an anonymous report 

What is a hate crime?

A hate crime can be committed against a person or their property based on:

  • Disability
  • Race or ethnicity
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • or any part of someone’s personal identity

Hate crimes can include things like:

  • Being called names or other forms of verbal abuse
  • Being sent offensive letters, emails or text messages
  • Being attacked or threatened with violence
  • Having your property interfered with or damaged

If any of these things are happening to you, you should report them to the police and you can also report them to the university.
We have a zero tolerance approach to hate crime and work together on this.

The police are committed to investigating all forms of hate crime. We cannot report a hate crime to the police on your behalf but we can support you in making a complaint to the police.

If you are not sure if you have experienced a crime or not we would still encourage you to report it to the police or to talk to someone about this. Sometimes what you have experienced may not be a crime but if it is motivated by hostility or prejudice these are called hate incidents and these are also monitored by the police.

How do I report?

If it is an emergency where life is threatened, people are injured or offenders are nearby and an urgent response is required, ring 999.

You can report hate crime to the police in a number of different ways

If you do not wish to report to the police direct you can report through a third party who may also be able to provide help and guidance:

By reporting through a third party you can remain anonymous if you wish to but please read the guidance on the provider website about how to do this.

The university cannot report a hate crime to the police on your behalf but we can support you to make a report to the police. You can ask for this support when you report an incident informally or formally or through the Wellbeing Service or the Student Cases team.

You can read more about hate crime, how to report and details of third parties on the Devon and Cornwall Police website.

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