BSU Statement Coronovirus | Hate Crime


As you will be aware, a case of the coronavirus has been identified in the city.


Brighton Students’ Union understands that this news may cause some distress amongst students, but want to reassure you that we are working closely with the University and local authorities to keep students safe and mitigate the spread of the virus onto University grounds.


We are very saddened to hear reports of anti-Asian discrimination surface locally (and across the country) following the outbreak of the Coronavirus, Brighton Students’ Union would like to take this opportunity to remind all students that any forms of hate or prejudice will not be tolerated.


If you experience or witness any form of hate crime or xenophobia, please get in touch with the police (on 101 for non-emergency and 999 in emergency) and/or contact the Union below for further help and guidance.


Alongside the University, we are asking you all to take simple, common-sense steps to prevent the spread of any illnesses. Washing your hands regularly with soap and water and using tissues can help reduce the spread of infection.


Based on the scientific advice of SAGE the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild. These countries have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and number of reported cases. This list will be kept under review.


Please continue to refer to GOV.UK/coronavirus for the latest information on the virus. If any students require support as a result of the reported outbreak, please contact your Student Support and Guidance Tutors (SSGTs).