Home > News and media > Around LSE > Around LSE archives > 2014 > LSE statement on Freshers' Fair incident


LSE statement on Freshersʼ Fair incident

Update - 8 October 2014

Statement from Craig Calhoun, Director and President of LSE :

"Further to the decisive action by the Students’ Union in disbanding the Men’s Rugby Club, LSE is announcing further measures to safeguard and enhance inclusivity and diversity within the School.

"It is not enough to say we condemn hostility and bias against members of our community from a few individuals. LSE must lead the way in seeking to achieve a Higher Education sector that is truly and genuinely open to all.

"LSE is drawing up plans for a School-wide initiative examining how it responds to negative incidents and finding ways to increase mutual respect, support and engagement across the board." 

Update - 7 October 2014

Following an investigation into the offensive leaflets distributed at the recent Freshers’ Fair, the LSESU has taken the decision to disband the LSESU Men’s Rugby Club for the rest of the 2014-15 academic year. 

For more information please see: Statement from LSE Students' Union| 

Statement by LSE Director Professor Calhoun and LSESU General Secretary Nona Buckley-Irvine - 6 October 2014


"The School and the SU have received complaints that a group of students has been distributing offensive leaflets during Orientation including misogynistic and homophobic slurs. This affair is being investigated as a matter of priority.

LSE and LSESU are united in valuing the School’s culture of diversity; and we will stand firm to uphold the highest possible standards of openness and respect.

Should the behaviour of any individuals or groups be found to have fallen short of those norms, or worse, to have put them in jeopardy, disciplinary action will be taken."