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Respectful Debate

Posted by Benjamin Leatham, 20/11/2015

In the last couple of days the withdrawal of the Equality & Diversity Committee’s statement to mark International Men’s Day has sparked an intense and emotional debate and highlighted some very important issues including mental health and equality. Debate is welcome and necessary as a catalyst for change. These issues and how to approach them can be divisive and people naturally feel strongly and want to express their views. Our own full and part time officer team have disagreed at times throughout the discussion this week. Despite any disagreement we might feel, we are 100% committed and united on these points:

1.) Debate can be healthy but the level of harassment taking place on all social media platforms has become personal, dangerous and is completely and utterly unacceptable.

2.) The recent death of a student has become ammunition in political point scoring. This is insensitive, disrespectful and extremely distasteful. Please allow family and friends to grieve in peace.

Students of York can and should be better than this. Remember the impact your words and actions can have on others. Be principled and respectful.