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Message for staff from the Provost and Students’ Union UCL following an attack on a student

3 March 2020

UCL condemns abuse, bullying or harassment of any kind.

UCL's main Quad and Portico building

We are shocked and saddened to hear about a racially-motivated attack on one of our students on Oxford Street last Monday, which you may have read about in the media. UCL is offering him our full support at this time and we condemn this attack.

London is a diverse city which is home to a vibrant community from around the world. But like any major city, deplorable incidents like this can occur. 

During the current outbreak of coronavirus, we are very proud of the way in which our community has responded calmly and is supporting each other. We want to make clear that abuse, racism and hate speech have no place at UCL. 

If you have been the victim of any kind of abuse, or if you have witnessed someone else experiencing abuse, you can:

  • Report it to the police. In the UK, you should always call 999 if you are reporting a crime that’s in progress or if someone is in immediate danger. If the crime isn’t an emergency, please call 101.
  • Use UCL’s online Report + Support tool, where you can report incidents of bullying, harassment, sexual misconduct or hate crime. You can choose to make your report anonymously or request to contact advisor for support.

If you are worried about your personal safety and wellbeing, please speak to your line manager in the first instance. You can also access free counselling services via the Employee Assistance Programme, Care First, which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Please telephone 0800 197 4510 to speak to an independent professional counsellor or information specialist in confidence, 

Best wishes,
Professor Michael Arthur
UCL President & Provost

Aatikah, Ashley, Carol, D’Arcy, Jim, Nilisha & Sandy
Students’ Union UCL Sabbatical Officers 2019-20