Hate crimes or prejudice-based incidents are defined as any incident which may constitute a criminal offence which is motivated by prejudice or hostility based on these protected characteristics:

  • sex
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • gender identity
  • disability
  • sexual orientation
  • physical appearance

Crimes can occur due to the perpetrator's perceived notion of these characteristics or the actual characteristics and if the crime is perceived as offensive by the victim or a witness.

Here are some (but not all) examples of hate crime incidents:

  • physical attacks to someone's person, property or offensive graffiti
  • threat of attack via any means or other intimidating behaviours
  • verbal abuse or offensive gestures
  • making or distributing offensive leaflets, websites or other messages

Please see our harassment section for a more detailed breakdown on the different types of harassment.

International definition of Antisemitism

The University has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism: Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred towards Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish inidividuals and/or their property, towards Jewish community institutions and religious facilities. 

The full definition, including examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace and in the religious sphere, can be found on the Campaign against Antisemitism website.

What to do if you are affected by any of these issues

If you:

  • experience serious assault or sexual violence and are hurt or in danger,
  • witness a serious assault or sexual violence and the person involved is hurt or in danger,

then you must seek help immediately.  If you are on campus then you should report it to the university in the first instance and they will call the emergency services if necessary.

If you are on

  • Colchester campus contact the information centre on Square 2, either in person or by calling extension 2222 or 01206 872222
  • Southend campus contact University Square Reception either in person or by calling 01702 328400 or 07827 988085
  • Loughton campus contact reception during office hours on extension 5983 or 020 8508 5983 or security from 5pm til midnight (Monday to Saturday) on 07825 670709.

If it is a non-emergency then you can report it online and someone will contact you within 3 working days, or you  may decide to report an incident anonymously. This means that the incident will be logged for statistical purposes, however we are unable to take any direct action on anonymous reports. 

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