If you have experienced or witnessed a hate crime or hate incident then Goldsmiths can help you report it to the police or local authority.
The College hosts an official third party hate crime reporting centre which is open to the public and can be used by everyone. The centre at Goldsmiths is one of a number of such services in Lewisham and is part of a nationwide network set up to tackle hate crimes and hate incidents.
Staff at Goldsmiths can help you make an official report or complaint to the police or local authority. Our staff can also provide support and guidance around these issues.
If you have experienced or witnessed a hate crime or hate incident and want to tell the police or local authority, trained members of staff at Goldsmiths will be available to guide you through the reporting process and provide you access to support services.
Anyone can use the centre at Goldsmiths to report a hate crime or hate incident – the reporting centre is open to students, staff and members of the public.
As campus is currently closed due to the pandemic the centre is not open instead, you can report a hate incident or hate crime by contacting:
The Student Centre
Richard Hoggart Building, Room 117, Lewisham Way [map]
Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri - 9am-5pm. Tues - 10am-5pm
Goldsmiths Students’ Union
Dixon Road [map]
For opening hours visit the Goldsmiths SU website
You can report by giving your personal details or by doing so anonymously. Unless you state otherwise, your report will be passed on to the police.
Please be aware that Goldsmiths will not be responsible for determining the circumstances of the report, the investigation of the report, or the gathering of evidence in relation to the report.
If you believe it is an emergency situation where someone is in immediate danger you should contact the police by calling 999.
Hate crimes and incidents explained
A hate crime is any criminal offence where the victim has been targeted because of their protected characteristics, such as race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability.
A hate incident is an incident that does not constitute a criminal offence but causes alarm, distress or harassment where the victim has been targeted because of their protected characteristics.
You can find out more about these issues on the Crown Prosecution Service website.
Background to the reporting centre
In 2017, a combination of internal and external funding bids secured £100,000 for Goldsmiths to open and operate as a third party hate crime reporting centre.
Around £50,000 of this funding was won through HEFCE’s ‘Tackling hate crime and online harassment on campus’ Catalyst Fund and the rest was provide by successful internal funding bids within Goldsmiths.
Goldsmiths operates as one of 18 third party hate crime reporting centres in Lewisham. See a list of alternative reporting centres.
Policy and procedure
Read the full Goldsmiths Hate Crime Reporting Procedure (PDF).