23 October 2019 | last updated: 24 October 2019
Responding to a damning report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which warns that ‘racial harassment is a common occurrence for many students and staff in British universities’, UCU said universities must do more to stamp out racial harassment.
The report warns there is a reluctance to acknowledge the prevalence of racial harassment within British universities and that some institutions would put their reputation above tackling the problem.
UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: ‘There must be a zero-tolerance approach to racial harassment in and around our universities. Universities have to recognise the scale of the problem and take serious steps to deal with it, and to support those who come forward or are affected by it.
‘We agree with the EHRC that there needs to be a proactive duty on universities to protect staff from harassment and an improved reporting process for staff and students”.