We are both aware that a racist incident has been widely reported on social media and share the strength of feeling and distress that graffiti of this nature has been found on our campus. The University abhors any form of racism, harassment and discrimination including bullying. It is completely unacceptable and we are undertaking a thorough investigation.
We are in contact with the student to ensure she has full access to the breadth of student support services available to all students. A senior member of the University’s Residential Life Team and the Head of Student Support Services are in direct contact with the student concerned and she has been offered alternative accommodation in a number of other locations on campus. Support is also being offered to those others impacted by the incident.
Anyone else affected by this incident, any other instances of racism, or any other form of discrimination is strongly advised to report it. There are a number of avenues to do this, including via your Resident Tutor, Student Support Services or Dignity at Warwick contact. The Dignity at Warwick webpages include information on the rights and responsibilities of all members of the University community and also set out the student complaints resolution pathway process to follow if you feel that you are being subjected to harassment or bullying. Additionally, our Student Support Services website also provides details about support available; students can contact them on 024 76 575570, ext 75570.
We take the promotion of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion very seriously, and it concerns all of us. It is expected that we will all contribute to ensuring that the University of Warwick continues to be a safe, welcoming and productive environment, where there is equality of opportunity, fostered in an environment of mutual respect and dignity.
All members of the University Community have a responsibility to:
- behave in a way that respects the rights and dignity of others
- treat others fairly
- use each social interaction to display courtesy and good manners
- value differences in others and the contribution they make
- work and study within the University on a co-operative basis
- demonstrate a commitment to upholding the University's policies on equality and diversity.
Professor Pam Thomas
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee