This university wants its students to sign drug-free contracts
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The University of Buckingham has requested that students sign a contract ensuring they refrain from taking narcotics whilst on university property, the first university in the UK to do so. Vice-chancellor Sir Anthony Seldon made a statement criticising other universities for ‘failing students on drugs and mental health.' This is in response to recently published statistics by The Sunday Times that show a 42 percent rise in students being disciplined for drug usage by their universities since 2015. The university is proposing to introduce a contract which, if broken, will expel students from the university. In a statement, Sir Anthony said that universities "need to shake themselves up and take more responsibility for students in their care." This has sparked a debate as to the responsibilities of universities, are they ‘responsibile for students in their care’ or to create an environment where students can mature ‘without being mollycoddled?' The latter is a stance taken by Mr Lloyd, an adviser on drug policy, and ex-member of the police force for the county of Cambridgeshire. He argues there are better ways to ensure the safety of university students, such as checking drugs before their usage. Featured image courtesy of Nigel Cox
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