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School of Divinity: Equality and Diversity

School of Divinity: Equality and Diversity

News and events supporting and promoting equality, diversity and respect at the School of Divinity, New College, University of Edinburgh

Racial harassment and hate crimes

Since the Covid-19 outbreak there have been reports of incidents of hate speech and racial harassment aimed particularly at people from East Asia or of East Asian descent.

The University is committed to promoting inclusion and equality and expects that all its staff and students will be treated with dignity and respect at all times. Allegations of hate crime are taken extremely seriously.

There is further information available for:

Students who experience harassment or a hate crime of any sort

Advice for students on reporting a hate crime

Dignity and Respect policy (staff and students)

The University is monitoring instances of hate crime among our community, even if the incident takes place off-campus or online and the perpetrator is not a member of the University. Any member of the School who wishes to report a hate crime can contact Dr Philippa Townsend, the Director of Equality and Diversity. Email 

Further links
Student newspaper ‘Say no to racism’ article


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