The National Union of Students (NUS) has called for an inquiry into how a row over a swastika was resolved, saying the incident “raises questions about the institutional and institutional accountability of our universities”.
The row, which took place at a university in Iowa in January, has already forced the resignation of the chair of the university’s Board of Governors.
The university’s Vice President for Students Affairs, Dr George Tabor, resigned last week, and the university was forced to issue an apology on Thursday.
The incident occurred when a student on a panel was asked about a statement that an associate professor had made that the swastika symbol was not associated with antisemitism.
The associate professor’s comment was later described by some as “inflammatory and offensive”.
In a statement, NUS said it would ask the government to investigate the matter and said it was concerned that the “discrepancy in the response to this incident, which was not a single incident but rather the most serious of the year, had been compounded by a lack of action by the university administration”.
“We strongly believe that we need an inquiry and we believe the university must be held accountable for its failure to act,” the statement said.NUS also said it had “serious concerns about the lack of accountability” of the school’s vice president and vice chair, who are responsible for overseeing the school and for ensuring that its academic policies were being adhered to.
It called for “a swift, independent, independent inquiry” into the matter, and for the school to immediately issue a full apology to the student involved and withdraw all “controversial material” from its campus.NU vice president of public affairs Dr George Thacker said the university “will do everything it can to ensure that it is held to account” for the “irresponsible” incident.
“I think it’s important to point out that we have a very clear statement of principle on what constitutes racism, antisemitic material and violence on campus, and that there has been an enormous amount of support for the students involved,” he said.
“We are also committed to ensuring that the university takes its responsibilities on these issues very seriously.”
So we will do everything we can to make sure that we are held to that.
“Dr Thacker told The National that the board was working to make the university aware of the issue.”
The board has a process that they have to go through.
I can tell you, we have put all the materials we have received on the school website,” he added.”
They are working with the school administration to make those materials available.”NUS said the incident had “deeply concerned and disappointed” its members.”
It has left many members of the student body feeling particularly angry and betrayed, and we want to be absolutely clear that this is not the university we were founded on,” the student union said.
This has been a deeply disappointing and disappointing event for the entire student body, and is something we will continue to discuss with the university.””
The swastikos have been removed, but the issue remains with the administration,” it said in a statement.
“This has been a deeply disappointing and disappointing event for the entire student body, and is something we will continue to discuss with the university.”