THE threat of possible racially motivated attacks at Newcastle university surfaced last week after two students were attacked in separate incidents.
A 19-year-old male domestic student was left with a six-centimetre gash to the back of his head after he was hit with a metal object.
On the same weekend a female international student was walking near the tunnel to Jesmond when a torch was shone in her eyes and her handbag stolen.
International convener of the Newcastle University Student Association (NUSA) Eduardo Carvajal said the university's Safety and Crime Committee had been working hard to eradicate issues over safety.
Mr Carvajal said until now, it was thought the committee's safety plan had worked.
He said a third security shuttle bus, campus CCTV cameras and more police patrols of the Jesmond area were being discussed as early intervention strategies.
NUSA will work with Newcastle council and police to run safety workshops for international and domestic students.
The most recent attacks took place on the same weekend as the university's China Festival.
The intention was to bring together international students and the local community.
Instead, the cultural festivities were undermined by the racial attacks. Wallsend State MP Sonia Hornery said attacks against international students or any student attending the University of Newcastle were appalling.