Leicester University probing crowd segregation
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Leicester University has launched an investigation into a Muslim group after the crowd at one of its talks was segregated into men and women. Handwritten signs directing “brothers” to one side of the room and “sisters” to the other are the subject of the investigation after a student attending the talk took photos on his phone. The talk, hosted by Leicester University’s Islamic society, was addressed by Hamza Tzortzis, one of the Heads of the iERA (Islamic Education and Research Academy). Just last month, University College London banned the group from ever lecturing in its buildings again after students were thrown out of a talk after protesting over the segregated seating. Lawrence Krauss, due to be opposing Tzortzis in the debate, walked out in protest. Leicester is also looking into statements on the Islamic Society’s website stating that all public talks that are “co-attended” are segregated by gender. The university told the Daily Telegraph that no one will be forced to sit apart at any future talks at the university, but will be able to do so if they so wish. Tzortzis is a regular speaker on Islam at campuses across the world, and the iERA claims that men and women are only sometimes “informally” segregated at his events. The university’s Islamic Society has also gone on record stressing that the handwritten signs were for guidance only, and that the audience could ignore them if they wished.