The previous Dignity at Work pages provided guidance on the University's commitment and the support available to protect staff dignity at work. Very occasionally people may experience serious incidents, including hate crimes, outside work and/or in the wider community.

The below provides information on what to do if you personally experience a hate crime outside the work environment.

What is hate crime?

Abuse, name calling, assault, blackmail, harassment, intimidation, bullying or exploitation are all forms of hate crime and must be reported.

A hate crime is any crime that is targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:

  • Race or ethnicity
  • Religion or belief (or lack of)
  • Sexual orientation 
  • Transgender identity
  • Disability

Hate crime isn’t just physical abuse or violence and an incident can have a lasting effect on a person. By reporting incidents, you can help yourself and you may be able to prevent something similar happening to someone else.

How to report hate crime

Staff can help by ensuring that they are conversant with the reporting routes and support available, for both colleagues and students.

If managers become aware that colleagues have become subject to incidents outside work and/or in the wider community, which amount to a hate crime, they should be encouraged to report this to the police.

Telephone: 999 in an emergency or 101 for non-emergencies.
By Post: Download a self-reporting form from

Visit your local police enquiry desk:

  • Snig Hill, Sheffield S3 8LY
  • Ecclesfield police station, 321 The Common, Sheffield, S35 9WL
  • Moss Way police station, Moss Way, Sheffield S20 7XX
  • Doncaster police station, College Road, Doncaster DN1 3HX
  • Barnsley police station, Churchfields, Barnsley S70 2DL
  • Rotherham police station, Main Street, Rotherham S60 1QY

Hate crimes on Campus, should be reported to Security in the first instance so that the University has a full picture of the situation , developments can be monitored and additional support offered to those affected.

Telephone: (0114) 2224085, or (01142) 222 4444 in an emergency or visit

By reporting incidents, those affected can be supported and other similar events may be prevented.

The University expects the highest standards of behaviour from staff. Inappropriate conduct at work will be managed within our discipline, grievance and other related HR policies and procedures as appropriate.

Further Support

Any student facing significant personal issues, including victims of crime may contact The Student Services, Central Welfare and Guidance team.

The team are experienced in supporting students with serious issues that are affecting their studies. They can help identify extra support, liaise with other support services and external agencies and make sure students are aware of their options. Members of staff supporting students can also contact the team for information and guidance.

Further support can be found on our Support Available webpage. If you would like to speak with your HR Team, their details can be found on the HR Contact Us webpage (please note you will be asked to login after clicking this link).