Universities are not doing enough to stop hate incidents including those in which offence was caused by mistake, vice chancellors have said.

A report from Universities UK, which represents campus bosses, says there has been a steep rise in student complaints over harassment in the past few years.

And it says while there has been progress in dealing with sexual misconduct claims, more needs to be done on other harassment, such as hate crimes and incidents.

A report from Universities UK, which represents campus bosses, says there has been a steep rise in student complaints over harassment in the past few years (file image)

A report from Universities UK, which represents campus bosses, says there has been a steep rise in student complaints over harassment in the past few years (file image)

A report from Universities UK, which represents campus bosses, says there has been a steep rise in student complaints over harassment in the past few years (file image)

And it says while there has been progress in dealing with sexual misconduct claims, more needs to be done on other harassment, such as hate crimes and incidents (file image)

And it says while there has been progress in dealing with sexual misconduct claims, more needs to be done on other harassment, such as hate crimes and incidents (file image)

And it says while there has been progress in dealing with sexual misconduct claims, more needs to be done on other harassment, such as hate crimes and incidents (file image)

The report says a hate incident should still be dealt with seriously at a senior level even if no law has been broken and the perpetrator offended someone by mistake.

It says a hate incident can also be described as a ‘micro-aggression’, which is ‘an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination’.

Students have previously been mocked for using the term micro-aggression over seemingly trivial matters in which no offence was intended.

Source : Mail Online

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