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Statement on Online Harassment During Guild Student Elections

Statement on Online Harassment During Guild Student Elections

We have been disappointed to see a large number of posts on social media attacking personal characteristics of students standing and campaigning in the Student Elections, both throughout the elections and in the days following the results being announced.

In particular, our current Vice President Postgraduate (and Guild President-elect) was particularly harassed on social media. We fully condemn the posts which have attacked her based on personal characteristics. It is very disappointing that we continue to see this kind of harassment, and clearly shows there is significant work to be done to change the culture here at Exeter. We strive for the election process to be as inclusive and safe as possible. The students standing in the elections are doing so to represent students, so it is extremely disappointing to see them being attacked in this way. The Guild stands behind the Officers in their fight against harassment, discrimination and bigotry wherever it occurs.

We encourage students to respect each other at all times, whether on or off campus, online or offline, anonymous or not. We also encourage students to be respectful to all Guild staff, including Officers, who work hard to improve your student experience. Be kind, and never underestimate the power of a positive message.

 

 

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