Harassment and Hate Crime


This page provides general resources related to harassment and hate crime, as well as linking to four more specific areas. On each of these specific pages you’ll find associated organisations, resources, case studies and links to relevant legislation. The areas covered are:


For a wide-ranging report around violence against women, harassment and hate crime, see the ‘Changing Culture Report’ carried out by the Universities UK Taskforce, published in October 2016. Their ‘Change the Culture: One Year On’ report provides an assessment of the strategies put forth the initial report and assesses the sector’s progress.

Universities UK also worked with Pinsent Masons LLP to update previous guidance to create ‘Guidance for Higher Institutions: How to Handle Alleged Student Misconduct’. The document relates to all types of student misconduct which may constitute a criminal offence and also provides recommendations in relation to sexual misconduct.

The Office for the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) publishes a good practice framework for student complaints. This includes a specific section on disciplinary procedures.

To view all the materials available on Safe Campus Communities visit our resources page.

Case Studies

In 2017, Universities UK published a directory of case studies, which is a developing resource bank that will continue to grow as universities share initiatives and experiences within the UK and internationally.

OfS Catalyst Projects

The Office for Students's £4.7 million student safeguarding fund is supporting over 100 projects, with a particular focus on sexual harassment, online harassment and hate crime. The first cohort of projects came to an end between May and July 2018, the second cohort of projects concluded in December 2018, and the third cohort will conclude in February 2020.

Their website features a list of all the projects they’ve funded, which includes case studies and short video clips with staff reflecting on projects and campaigns. In 2018 OfS published an evaluation of the Catalyst projects.


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Role Specific Guidance

Freedom of Speech