The Guild of Students stands in solidarity with our Sports Officer, Simon Price, in respect to threats made against him earlier this year.
At the Guild we have a zero tolerance approach to any form of bullying, discrimination or hate crime. Discrimination, harassment or threats on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability, medical condition, ethnicity or age will not be tolerated – regardless of whether these characteristics are perceived or actual.
The group discussed in the article are not affiliated with the Guild and Simon was within his right to withdraw ticket allocations for Sports Night events, given the high demand of the event. We stood by his decision then and we stand by him now.
We support the University’s commitment to tackling sexual harassment and violence by providing students with a direct reporting route through the ‘You Report, We Support’ tool. However, this incident clearly shows that there are lessons to be learned when it comes to supporting students who want to take action, but don’t feel confident revealing how they obtained evidential information.
We strongly urge the University to review its policies and processes on reporting issues of this nature so that students feel confident that action will be taken if they face threats of violence or harassment of any nature.