Fresh­ers ‘Slave auc­tion’ is can­celled af­ter out­cry

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - By Liam Cole­man liam.cole­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

LOUGH­BOR­OUGH Univer­sity Stu­dent’s Union has de­fended a ‘slave auc­tion’ Fresh­ers event pro­posed by a univer­sity stu­dent halls.

The Stu­dents’ Union said that “as in­ap­pro­pri­ate as it was, it was gen­uinely not the in­ten­tion of the stu­dent or­gan­is­ers to cause of­fence.”

The event was a char­ity fund-rais­ing ac­tiv­ity where stu­dents would bid for fel­low stu­dents to carry out chores in­clud­ing cook­ing a meal and room clean­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Stu­dents’ Union.

The stu­dent or­gan­ised event was set to take place on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 2.

The Stu­dents’ Union told the Echo: “This type of event is not ap­pro­pri­ate and has no place at the univer­sity. We are work­ing the the univer­sity to in­ves­ti­gate. As part of this we are in the process of proac­tively con­tact­ing key stu­dent groups and rep­re­sen­ta­tives to seek their in­put and ex­plore why this event was pro­posed and what we need to do bet­ter in the fu­ture so that this does not hap­pen again.

“The pro­posed event was a char­ity fundraising ac­tiv­ity. As in­ap­pro­r­i­ate as it was it was gen­uinely not the in­ten­tion of the stu­dent or­gan­is­ers to cause of­fence.

“As soon as it was brought to the at­ten­tion of the univer­sity the pro­posed event was can­celled.”

The event was or­gan­ised by the Fara­day Hall Fresh­ers 2017 Face­book page, which is the name of a stu­dent halls of res­i­dence on cam­pus.

The page posted a sta­tus apol­o­gis­ing for the name of the event.

It said: “Fara­day Hall would like to of­fer our sin­cere apolo­gies af­ter we in­ap­pro­pri­ately named our fresh­ers event.

“‘Slave night’ is an un­ac­cept­able and racist ti­tle. As a com­mit­tee we are deeply sad­dened to re­alise that we have caused of­fence and re­gret that en­tirely.

“We take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for our ac­tion and have re­moved the orig­i­nal timetable.

“We are truly sorry for our ac­tions and are seek­ing fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing sur­round­ing this is­sue.

Richard Tay­lor, Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, said: “This type of event is not ap­pro­pri­ate and has no place at the Univer­sity.

“Work­ing with the Stu­dents’ Union, the univer­sity will sit down with stu­dents on their re­turn and ex­plore why this event was pro­posed and what we need to do bet­ter in the fu­ture so that this does not hap­pen again.”

The Lough­bor­ough Eth­nic Mi­nori­ties group run by town stu­dents, spoke to the Echo and said: “Eth­nic Mi­nori­ties Net­work would like to as­sure you that we do not con­done this event what­so­ever. We are do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to make sure all eth­nic mi­nori­ties stu­dents are ad­e­quately rep­re­sented at this univer­sity

“We are work­ing with Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity and other so­ci­eties to get this sit­u­a­tion rec­ti­fied and to make sure is­sues like this do not oc­cur again.”

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