Universities are urged to do more to help students with impairments who feel inclined to 'alter' their behaviour to avoid committing hate crimes.
According to a report by the National Union of Students, just under a quarter of students with a physical impairment and under a fifth with a sensory impairment suffer antisocial behaviour or crime instigated by prejudice against their disabilities.
Rupy Kaur, NUS Disabled Students' Officer, said: "When one in four students with a physical impairment are the victims of prejudice it's clear that more needs to be done by our universities.
"Whilst it appears that universities often do an effective job of responding to hate incidents they need to take note of our recommendations and be more pro-active in stopping hate crime before it happens."
Out of 1,000 students, just under a half of them said they had changed their behaviour, personal appearance or daily patterns to avoid hate crimes. Just over a tenth of these crimes are reported to the police.
Ms Kaur added: "Our research shows that hate incidents and hate crime can have a profound impact on disabled students' mental health, affecting their study, social life and participation in societies, clubs and activities."
The report, urging universities to do more for these students, also recommends institutions to show a firm commitment to equality and diversity, strengthening existing support services and offer clear guidance on existing legislative framework.