Student guide to tackling harassment, hate and sexual misconduct

Help and support

If you think you have experienced harassment and/or sexual misconduct, you can choose whether to report it.

You may choose to tell someone you trust at your university or college – such as a personal tutor – or you could approach your students' union.

Some universities and colleges may have anonymous online reporting tools.

Your university, college or students' union will be able to advise you on the support services available to you, such as student wellbeing services or academic support.

Organisations that can help

There are a number of national organisations and charities that may be able to support you:

  • Police
    Practical information about reporting incidents and the police force in your area.
  • Citizens Advice
    Citizens Advice has more information about what you can do if you’ve experienced, or know someone who has experienced, a hate incident or crime.
  • Rape Crisis England and Wales
    Rape Crisis can help you find a Rape Crisis Centre, get online emotional support, or find information and self-help tools.
  • NSPCC Abuse in Education helpline
    Provides victims of abuse with the appropriate support, advice and onward action, including on contacting professionals or the police if they wish.
  • Stonewall
    Stonewall can help you find LGBT support services and advice.
  • TellMama
    TellMama offers a secure service that allows people from across England to report any form of anti-Muslim abuse.
  • Disability Rights UK
    Disability Rights UK has a disabled students' helpline, providing advice to disabled students studying in England. They also campaign to improve disabled people's rights and to tackle hostility, bullying and hate crime.
  • Community Security Trust
    The Community Security Trust is a charity that protects British Jews from antisemitism.
Published 08 March 2022
Last updated 13 October 2022
13 October 2022
Refreshed list of organisations.

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