Reporting Hate Crimes

The Students' Union Advice Service is a free, confidential and independent service.


Sheffield Hallam Students' Union work closely with South Yorkshire Police to tackle hate crime across the city. The Student Advice Centre is a designated Hate Crime Reporting Centre, which means we 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.

We are proud to represent and support an incredibly diverse student body, and we want our students to be safe during their time at university, regardless of their ethnicity, sexuality, gender, religion or disability. 




What is a Hate Crime?

A hate crime is any criminal offence motivated by prejudice or hostility (or perceived to be so) against a person's:

  • Disability - physical, hearing and visual impairments, mental ill health and learning disabilities
  • Race - nationality, ethnicity, skin colour and heritage
  • Faith - religion, belief or non-religious belief
  • Sexual orientation - people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or heterosexual
  • Gender identity - people who identify as trans, including transgender or transsexual people 


It is incredibly important, both for us and for South Yorkshire Police, to know about any incidents where our students are affected. Whether these are crimes (such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti or inciting hatred online), or non-crime incidents (such as offensive or insulting comments online or in person), action can only be taken if they are reported. You do not have to be a student to report a hate crime or hate incident at the Student Advice Centre.


How do I report a Hate Crime or incident?


You can visit the Student Advice Centre at The HUBS (City Campus), and our advisors will guide you through the reporting process, or you can: