News of the day: Norwich University’s president has defended the university’s decision to ban the use of “n-word” and other racist terms.
The decision, announced on Thursday, comes after a national outcry over the use and abuse of the term.
“We will not tolerate the use or abuse of this term by any members of the Norwich community,” said Paul Anderson, president of Norwich University.
“Our policy on this term has been that, when used by others, it will not be tolerated,” he added.
The ban, announced by Norwich University in a letter to the university community, has been met with outrage from some students, academics and community members.
The university says it has “no intention of using this term as an excuse for violence or racism.”
Norwich University has suspended students, staff and other students who have used the term, but has not taken action against anyone else.
The “n” word was banned from the Norwich campus in May, as a part of a “cultural equity” campaign.
The term is used by white supremacists to describe black people.
On Wednesday, University of Southampton president Stephen Laidlaw told the Times Higher Education newspaper he had been contacted by “several” students and “severally more” students from the university, who wanted to be allowed to use the term to describe themselves.
In a statement, the university said: “We want to set out our values of respect, diversity and inclusion, as we strive to build a safe, welcoming and inclusive community at Norwich. “
In our society, language is a tool of self-expression, and we do not tolerate racism or the use by others of racist, hate-filled words.”
The university also said it was “disappointed” by a petition on Change.org, with more than 8,000 signatures, which called for the term’s ban to be lifted. “
While we are committed to addressing the use, abuse and abuse by students of offensive language, we are also conscious of our responsibility as part of our university community to be sensitive and respectful of others, including members of our own community.”
The university also said it was “disappointed” by a petition on Change.org, with more than 8,000 signatures, which called for the term’s ban to be lifted.
It said the petitioners were “inciting hatred and discrimination” and were “unaware of the context of their petition”.
The petition said: “[I]n order to continue to be open and welcoming, we want to be inclusive and inclusive of all people, including students of colour, and are very concerned about the impact that this term is having on our community and on our reputation in the future.”
A spokesman for the University of Surrey said the university was considering banning the term “nigger” from its campus.
“Nigger” is also the term used by racists in the US, as well as some other countries, to describe people of African descent.
A university spokesman said it had already implemented a “no nigger” policy.
A spokesperson for the British Council said it condemned the use “niggers” in racist and offensive terms and was “very concerned about any negative impacts on our ability to attract and retain good quality, qualified, committed, motivated staff and students”.
The UK Government’s Office for National Statistics says there were 1.3 million racist incidents reported in England and Wales in the year to June this year.
In October last year, the Office for Standards in Education said the number of racist incidents in England had increased by 24 per cent in 2017 compared to 2016.
The Office for Fair Trading said in its latest annual report that while racism is still widespread in the UK, its numbers were dropping and there was a “substantial reduction in the prevalence of racially motivated discrimination in the past five years”.
“This has meant that the number and severity of incidents has decreased, although the overall proportion of racist crimes against members of ethnic minority groups in England has not decreased,” it said.