Slave auction freshers event at Loughborough University leaves students ‘disgusted’
As soon as details of the event appeared on Facebook there was a backlash, and students ended up contacting the vice-chancellor Robert Allison to get it stopped.
One second-year civil engineering student, who did not want to be named, told the Mercury: “Faraday Hall on the campus was going to hold an event called ‘Slave Night’ where people would go along and buy other people.
“I’m black and from Africa and I complained to Faraday Hall without anything happening. Eventually, I contacted the vice-chancellor and he got it stopped.
I contacted the vice-chancellor and he got it stopped.
“This has caused a lot of disgust among the ethnic minority students.”
They have a committee of students who are involved in the student experience of the hall’s residents.
This event was one of many sets to take place this year.
Other students have been sharing their outrage on Twitter.
Twitter user @Kelila_Jade said: “This is disgusting. Completely and utterly disgusted with them.”
In its apology on the Faraday Freshers 2017 Facebook page, the committee behind the events said: “Faraday Hall would like to offer our sincere apologies after we inappropriately named our Freshers event.
“‘Slave Night’ is an unacceptable and racist title. As a committee we are deeply saddened to realise that we have caused offense and regret that entirely.
“We take full responsibility for our actions and have removed the original timetable.
“We will be renaming the event to something more appropriate.
“We apologise to everyone that we have offended or isolated in continuing the tradition of this night.
“Faraday will be working with LSU Welfare & Diversity and hopefully the Ethnic Minorities Network to develop diversity training for hall committees in regards to Freshers to ensure this is completely avoided in the future.
in regards to Freshers to ensure this is completely avoided in the future.
for hall committees in regards to Freshers to ensure this is completely avoided in the future.
“We are truly sorry for our actions and are seeking further education and training surrounding this issue.”
The organising committee has apologised for causing offence