As you may be aware, there has been a lot of negative media coverage regarding the handling of hate crimes and hate incidents.
Hate is #NeverOK on or off our campus. We would like to reassure you that Keele University, Keele Students’ Union and Staffordshire Police take reports of hate very seriously, and will properly investigate any complaints.
The following is a statement issued by Staffordshire Police:
Staffordshire Police has a dedicated Hate Crime Coordinator who monitors hate crimes and hate incidents daily and also supports officers in their knowledge and understanding of hate crimes.We are working together with our partners to support victims of hate crime and are sharing data to allow us and our partners to have a good understanding of hate crime and incidents across Staffordshire.
What may seem insignificant can still constitute a hate crime, so we urge anyone to report any incidents where they have experienced discrimination because of a characteristic such as their race, gender or if they have a disability. We take every report of a hate crime seriously and will investigate it thoroughly, you should never think that your experience does not matter - it does.
Advice and Support at Keele (ASK) is registered as a third party reporting centre, with the hate crime reporting network Challenge North Staffs. If you have been a victim, we are able to support you through. We won’t tell anyone if you don’t want us to, and you can report it anonymously. We will only discuss your complaint with other people or agencies if you say we can.
Dr. Diane Atherton-Blenkiron, Student Safeguarding Project Officer, Keele SU
Fay Harris, Head of Membership Services, Keele SU
Ele Fisher, Welfare and Internationalisation Office, Keele SU