Information has entered the public domain today (Monday November 12) about an incident earlier this term involving members of one of our student clubs.
The union was investigating allegations that inappropriate and offensive material had been written on students’ clothing during a ‘white t-shirt’ social.
We take allegations of this kind very seriously and the matter is being handled in line with our disciplinary procedures.
As a students’ union we believe that it is important to ensure that our members are given a fair hearing, and as soon as we were made aware of the incident, we launched a full investigation.
The club was immediately suspended, and a panel was convened to consider the available evidence and decide any appropriate sanctions against the students’ union group.
This panel has already agreed that the behaviour fell far below the standards that were expected. Members of the panel were due to meet again this week to finalise sanctions against the club.
Regrettably, details of the investigation have entered the public domain before this meeting could take place, compromising the panel and jeopardising the fairness of the investigation.
The union is currently considering how to move forward from this in a way that is fair to all concerned.