Response to EHRC inquiry into racial harassment, Fope Olaleye, Black Students Officer said:
NUS has campaigned for institutions to recognise and act on unacceptable levels of racial harassment students experience in education. The research by EHRC demonstrates what the Black students’ campaign has maintained for some time, that there is a largely hidden set of issues, which drive many inequitable outcomes for students.
The sector must commit now to combatting any acts of racialised hate or harassment students experience. Institutions must make reporting accessible, transparent, and effective at providing redress. They must also ensure students are supported when they experience harassment and during the process of reporting harassment. We welcome further action by universities, the sector and national organisations, to address the structural and cultural norms that enable racial harassment in our institutions.’