The Men’s Hockey Club are to publicly apologise, undergo equality and diversity training and pay a fine following an “unacceptable” and offensive email sent by the Club last term.

Following a disciplinary hearing last week, at which the Club pled guilty to the charges of breaking University and Union rules, the Club will also get involved in the #SotonSpeaksUp campaign against sexual harassment and other inappropriate behaviour during nights out.

Disciplinary Committee, made up of 5 students drawn at random from Union Council, heard evidence from the Club and from the Union President before reaching their decision.

The Committee also fined the Club £500, required them to use the Union website to send out group emails in future, and banned them from having any socials in The Stag’s until Christmas. All disciplinary fines are donated to RAG.

Katie Lightowler, Vice-President Sports Development, said:

“The email the Club sent out was a very disappointing read. This decision sends out a clear message that abuse of any kind, whether it is racist, homophobic, sexist or any other form, simply isn’t welcome in our sports clubs or the Student’s Union as a whole.

We want our sports clubs and societies to be a welcoming and fun environment from students from every background – and we know you can do this without also offending students. We’re not trying to stop clubs having fun on nights out, but to send out official club emails with these sort of comments absolutely crossed that line.

We look forward to working with Men’s Hockey Club next year on #SotonSpeaksUp, and following several requests, the Union will be working with Clubs to put out guidance on what’s ok and what’s not ok for socials.”

 

Notes

  • The full public outcome of the Disciplinary Committee hearing can be read here – Outcome – public
  • For more information on the disciplinary process, see Rule 8 of the Students’ Union