STATEMENT FROM THE PRESIDENT

The USU does not condone any form of ableism, harassment or discrimination.
 
We have asked Sydney University Students for Liberty to remove a post from their Facebook page that we determined breached not only our guidelines and policies, but also was in breach of the University’s Student Code of Conduct, in particular clause 4 which states:
 
All students must:
• treat all employees, honorary appointees, consultants, contractors, volunteers any other members of the public and other students with respect, dignity, impartiality, courtesy and sensitivity;
•  ensure that they do not become involved in or encourage discrimination against or harassment or bullying of employees, honorary appointees, consultants, contractors, volunteers any other members of the public or other students.
 
It is very rare indeed for the USU to step in in this way. However, while we encourage robust debate in our communities, it is our opinion that this conversation went beyond what we deem to be acceptable. 
 
The club has refused our request. 
 
Unfortunately this incident has escalated offline. The USU will therefore be pursuing the matter further.
 
If anyone is feeling distressed by what has happened and is in need of support, please contact the University Mental Health line on 1800 011 511 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
  
Courtney Thompson
President