From data collected from universities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland only 4.6% of hate crimes that occurred on university property were reported to the police.
477 incidents were reported to have happened overall in the last academic year from 2017-18 from 96 universities across the United Kingdom.
Incidents of race were the most frequently reported with 212 incidents occurring, followed by gender (83 incidents), sexual orientation (67 incidents), religion (64 incidents) and disability (51 incidents).
This is not to say that the other 95% of incidents were not dealt with, but police were not made involved by either the university or victim.
Universities are often able to deal with these issues internally through amenities like ‘Student Support Services’ and therefore not involve local police services.
Out of the 106 universities that were contacted, 96 universities responded to our Freedom of Information Requests with the data required.
The rest of the universities, including Nottingham Trent University, Surrey and Reading, were unable to comply for a variety of reasons.
Some claimed the request would cost too much in manual labour and others claimed they simply didn’t record that information at all.
Eddie Gengen, a former student at Nottingham Trent University, was involved in a racially motivated attack.
On the way home from a night out Eddie had received a number of racist comments before being stabbed in the stomach.
Police were called to the scene and statements were taken, however Eddie decided not to pursue the incident any further.
Eddie felt like the police nor the university would deal with the incident appropriately and so decided to keep the situation to himself.
If you think you have been a victim of hate crime don’t hesitate to ring the police or go to your student services.