A student’s union has fought back against the culture of bans and censorship sweeping universities – by passing a joke ban of its own.
Union officials at The University of St Mark & St John in Plymouth, England, said they would outlaw orange juice with bits in – on the grounds that it is “hateful” and students cannot be trusted to consume it.
Their statement is taking aim at the 32 students’ unions which have banned newspapers on campus – particularly their near neighbours and rivals at the University of Plymouth.
Tabloid newspapers like The Sun, Daily Star and Daily Mail are the most popular target of student bans in the UK – but plenty of other apparently controversial items have felt the wrath of student officials.
Yesterday Heat Street reported that the University of Strathclyde’s union had banned a pro-life society from forming, claiming it violated their safe space rules.
Firebrand speakers like Milo Yiannopoulos, songs like Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and symbols of alleged cultural appropriation – like the sombrero – have also been banned.
Last week student site The Tab published a map showing the 32 newspaper bans in effect on British campuses.
Elsewhere, free speech site Spiked! has compiled a ranking system for UK universities, and has graded 63 of them “red” for banning something.