Support for students against harassment and hate crime

At the University of Liverpool we are committed to promoting diversity and equality, and to providing a supportive and inclusive environment on campus for all our students and staff to live, study and work.

As well as this, we are also committed to ensuring that we take a firm approach to dealing with actions that have a negative impact on the safety and wellbeing of our community.

Therefore, it is important that you are aware of what hate crime and harassment is, the support services available and how you can access them.

What is hate crime?

Hate crime is a crime committed against a person because of hatred or prejudice toward one of their personal characteristics such as:

  • Disability
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Transgender identity
  • Sexual orientation

Hate crimes can take many forms, including verbal or physical abuse; abusive gestures; offensive comments on social media; disseminating offensive leaflets or defacing property with offensive graffiti such as hate symbols, racist or offensive statements.

Find out more here.

How can I report an incident?

If you have experienced or witnessed a hate crime or hate incident then the University can both provide support as well as, if required, help you report the crime to the University, police or local authority.

If you wish to report an incident, please contact the Student Welfare Advice and Guidance team by phone on 0151 795 7879, email at  or in person at the Alsop Building on University Square.

All reports will be treated sensitively and confidentially by our advisers, although in some circumstances information must be shared with a Risk Assessment Panel in order to ensure the safety of all staff and students. To read the full details on reporting an incident visit the student services webpages.

If you are unsure of who to go to first, or want to talk to someone before reporting an incident, we run a drop-in every weekday between 11am-3pm in the Alsop Building for support in a confidential space. You don’t need to book – simply come along to the Student Welfare Advice and Guidance Information Point on the ground floor of the Alsop Building (on University Square).

In an emergency, contact Campus Support on 0151 794 2222. Or, if the emergency incident happens off campus, contact the emergency services on 999.

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