Westminster student has been accused of using the n-word and searching bags in a racist attack
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Remi allegedly walked ahead of Yasmeen because she needed to use the bathroom, however, she entered the wrong apartment. Yasmeen followed her in, intending to inform Remi of her mistake. The two were in the process of leaving the apartment when Talia saw them leaving. She confronted them with two male friends and demanded to search Remi's bags. Remi eventually allowed her bags to be searched and nothing was found. Talia and her friends pushed the two out of the room and then proceeded to shout the n-word after them. Multiple witnesses allegedly reported the incident to security after hearing the commotion. When questioned by security, Talia admitted to using the n-word. The Raffles House management asked Yasmeen whether she would be prepared to move rooms in order to settle the situation and lift Remi's ban, to which she refused. The university lifted Remi's ban (she was not allowed on Raffles House premises) after her family expressed outrage at the punishment. Subsequently, Talia and her friends attempted to intimidate Yasmeen and Remi in the hallway, resulting in Yasmeen making two further complaints to security.
To prevent this, Raffle House states that apartment doors (which automatically lock themselves) should not be left unlatched for the safety and peace of the residents. Therefore, Remi had access to the wrong apartment because the door had been left open by its occupant(s).— Lubaba Khalid (@lubabakhalid) May 30, 2018
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A Westminster spokesperson said: "The first incident was investigated as a student disciplinary matter. While we obviously cannot comment further on that matter we can confirm, that a written apology (amongst other actions) was required of the student concerned. Other sanctions applied are a matter of confidentiality." The victims argue that the university never informed them of the further sanctions. They want to see that Talia is appropriately sanctioned as an apology letter belittles the incident as minor. They also want to be reassured that the university will take these incidents more seriously in the future. The University of Westminster has previously been accused of monitoring Muslim students and acting unfairly after cameras were installed inside the prayer room. In a freedom of information response, the university claimed that the cameras were installed for the prevention and detection of crime. Religious texts such as Qur'ans were allegedly binned or shredded by the university after they renovated the Muslim prayer room into a contemplation room. The following exclusive photograph was taken by a Westminster student showing Qur'ans in a blue bin whilst security tries to stop students from taking pictures. In a statement, the university said that Qur'ans 'were removed so the rooms could be renovated. Signs were displayed for the materials to be removed before the refurbishment.' In the recent months, we have seen similar racist incidents occur at British universities such as Exeter and Nottingham - the individuals have been fined or suspended for their behaviour. So, will Westminster act accordingly? *names were changed to preserve anonymity
Universities such as Westminster, which prides itself in having one of the most diverse student bodies in London, need to hold their students to account. Students who use racial slurs or carry out racially charged attacks need to be disciplined and made an example of.— Lubaba Khalid (@lubabakhalid) May 30, 2018