Any form of harassment or hate crime is never acceptable. 

Some forms of harassment are considered a hate crime. A hate incident or crime is any act of violence or hostility against a person or property that is motivated by hostility or prejudice towards a person due to a particular protected characteristic.

Harassment or hate crime are contrary to the Equality Act 2010 and the University Dignity at Cranfield Policy.

  • Are you in immediate danger? If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, you can contact the emergency services on 999 (or 112 from a mobile phone).
  • Find a safe space.  If an incident has just happened try and find somewhere you feel safe. 
  • What is hate crime? It might be useful to think about what is meant by hate crime and how these behaviours are described.  
Get support 
  • Find out what support is available if you think you have been subject to hate crime: 
    • Dignity at Study policy can be found in the Student Welfare Handbook.
    • Dignity at Cranfield Advisors - an advisor can talk through the University's procedures, how to make a complaint and what support is available, in confidence.  Advisors can talk to someone who is experiencing something, or someone who is supporting that person. 
  • Take care of yourself. It’s important that you take care of yourself. If you’ve heard something distressing or if something is troubling you, the University's Student Wellbeing and Disability Support and People and Culture teams offer confidential help to students and staff.
  • Find out more: Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) provides further information on unlawful harassment and hate crime. 
  • 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 provide your contact details and an advisor will be in touch to talk through the options and support available to you, in confidence.
  • University procedure. If you choose to make a formal complaint to the University about a student or member of staff there are procedures which set out the steps you'll need to follow.
    Student complaints: Student complaints handbook
    Staff complaints: you can find out more about our grievance process through our Ordinances Part B Staff Matters.  

There are two ways you can tell us what happened