The University of Bedfordshire is a diverse, outward looking and inclusive place to study, live and work. It provides a welcome and vibrant learning and teaching environment for all staff and students.
We actively promote respect, tolerance and inclusion as core values of our learning community.
The vast majority of our staff and students will spend the duration of their time at the University without ever witnessing or being a victim of any crime or behaviour which falls short of our University values.
There may be a small percentage of people, however, who are either a victim or witness to a offensive behaviour and/or so-called 'hate crime'. A hate crime can include homophobic or xenophobic abuse, sexual harassment, bullying, disability discrimination or faith and cultural intolerance.
University is a time for learning new things, meeting new people and having new experiences. It can sometimes feel like being in a bubble, but it doesn’t make people immune from committing – or falling victim to – harmful or criminal acts, including sexual and/ or domestic victimisation and violence.
If you are concerned about your partner’s or someone else’s behaviour towards you, or your behaviour towards others – whatever your gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, disability – you can, and should, speak to someone about this.
Speaking to someone will enable you to identify what options you have in reporting the crime, preventing future harm or seeking confidential support for yourself.
You can email any concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org, or speak to one of our Student Engagement Advisors, who have received training around Serious Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence.
There are also a number of local and national support services and resources available, including:
The University believes that hate crimes are wrong, against the law, and that everyone has the right to live and work safely without fear. We therefore operate a zero tolerance approach to any acts of physical, verbal or implied threats towards staff or students. We go further than this and actively challenge behaviours and actions which run counter to our values of inclusion, respect and tolerance.
If you have witnessed such incidents or been a victim of them, then we are here to support you. It is vitally important that you report any such incidents so that we can all continue to enjoy being part of a safe and tolerant learning community.
Please report any incident - no matter how trivial it may initially appear - that happens to you or someone you know. The University’s Student Engagement Advisors have been trained to offer support for victims and with reporting an incident or crime. The student engagement team is here for staff and students alike. They can meet with you to confidentially discuss your concerns.
This initiative was developed to further enhance our safe campus communities.