LSESU Men’s Rugby Club Statement

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A statement from the LSESU Men’s Rugby Club in relation to the news story we published earlier this morning:

The Men’s Rugby Club would like to extend a full and unreserved apology for the recent decision to publish a leaflet at the LSESU Freshers’ Fair 2014.

It contained inexcusably offensive and stigmatising language and we would like to make it clear that this absolutely does not reflect the views and values of our club.

LSE Men’s Rugby does not tolerate misogyny, racism, homophobia or prejudice of any description and the Club remains committed to the LSE’s equal opportunities policy. Clearly, on this occasion we not only failed ourselves, but the university which we are so proud to represent.

We take full responsibility for what has happened and it has highlighted the need for any previously used club literature to be properly scrutinised before being reproduced.

We want our club to be a safe and welcoming environment for all people – this is why we actively encourage social members.

We can see that the language used in that leaflet must have alienated many potential members and we are ashamed and saddened by that.

The Executive Committee will cooperate fully with the Students’ Union to ensure such behaviour does not take place in the future.

As a club, we will be taking steps to ensure that something like this cannot happen again. We have a lot to learn about the pernicious effects of ‘banter’ and we are organising a workshop for all our members.

No further comment will be made until the Union’s investigation has taken place.

Editor

31 Comment

  1. […] LSESU Men’s Rugby Club Statement […]

  2. Bullshit. This is the 100th time something like this has happened, it’s just the first time we have unassailable evidence of it. They’re not sorry it happened, they’re sorry they got caught. Kick them all out.

    • Kick them all out? That makes no sense. Make a generalisation over the views and personalities of the club in order to fight generalisation. Strange.

      • Men’s rugby is a organisation people can join and leave at will, last time I checked. If you’re happy to join (and stay with) an organisation which conducts itself like this in public – and, evidence suggests, much worse in private – you don’t deserve to be at this university.

        • What if you’re one of those unfortunate souls that isn’t a chauvinist homophobe, but you know.. loves rugby?

          • Lots of amateur rugby teams in London.

  3. Oh great, an apology. Now we can all ignore the ongoing issues with their boorish, misogynistic and homophobic behaviour and carry on as normal. Year after year this particular club are an embarrassment to LSE, its students and its alumni.

    Perhaps a suspension of the club or some academic sanctions against its leaders would be appropriate? If I behaved like that in my place of work whilst organising a social event I would lose my job. It’s time LSE took decisive action.

  4. […] LSESU Men’s Rugby Club Statement […]

  5. […] a statement published on The Beaver Online, the LSE’s student newspaper website, the men’s rugby club issued a “full and […]

  6. Kicking them out or tarring all the members with the same brush isn’t going to do a lot of good for anyone, there are lessons to be learnt here and actions and discussion could take place to help bring the club and it’s committee to a better understanding of the issues that have been raised. I’m sure the Athletic Union or Students’ Union will be able to help with that.

    If the unions want some support from any members of the worlds first gay rugby club, the Kings Cross Steelers, which is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year and plays in Essex leagues I’m sure we’d be happy to take part in a discussion with the club. Maybe in the bar after a friendly match one weekend? Drop us an email at: web@kxsrfc.com http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/kingscrosssteelers/

  7. […] a statement published on The Beaver Online, the LSE’s student newspaper website, the men’s rugby club issued a “full and […]

  8. […] was disbanded today, the club wrote in a statement released through LSE’s student newspaper,The Beaver: ‘The Men’s Rugby Club would like to extend a full and unreserved apology for the […]

  9. […] was disbanded today, the club wrote in a statement released through LSE’s student newspaper,The Beaver: ‘The Men’s Rugby Club would like to extend a full and unreserved apology for the […]

  10. […] apology from the rugby club was published in student newspaper, The Beaver, yesterday, stating that the “stigmatising language” did not reflect the values of […]

  11. […] rugby club expressed its regret through the university’s student newspaper, The Beaver, assuring students that it had every intention of cooperating with the student union’s […]

  12. Bullshit. If it looks like an ass, smells like one, then it is one. These guys knew what they were doing.

    • U meant to say “”these scum bags”!

  13. […] statement, published in LSE Students’ Union newspaper Beaver Online, said: “The Men’s Rugby Club would like to extend a full and unreserved apology for the […]

  14. […] was disbanded today, the club wrote in a statement released through LSE’s student newspaper,The Beaver: ‘The Men’s Rugby Club would like to extend a full and unreserved apology for the […]

  15. As an LSE alumnus and retired rugby player, this is very sad. Yet again, a few mindless individuals have spoilt it for the vast majority. The people who penned this nonsense should finally do the decent thing and take responsibility and take what is coming to them, allowing the club to get up and running again for those who were not involved. In my day (I sound like my Dad!) it was accepted that, given the LSE’s proud tradition of tolerence and understanding, its left-wing heritage, and its spotlight in the world of academia, any machismo should be toned down to the minimum, more so that at any other university. This seems to have been entirely forgotten by whichever dipstick wrote this load of pants.

  16. […] it was disbanded, the club wrote in a statement released through LSE’s student newspaper,The Beaver: ‘The Men’s Rugby Club would like to extend a full and unreserved apology for the […]

  17. […] was disbanded today, the club wrote in a statement released through LSE’s student newspaper,The Beaver: ‘The Men’s Rugby Club would like to extend a full and unreserved apology for the recent […]

  18. […] pathetic statement from the Men’s Rugby Team shows no engagement with the issues, apologising not for their […]

  19. The Dean made them apologize. These future burger flippers are closet cases who are 5 beers away from doing each other.
    Being an alma mater of this school i am embarrassed by this stupidity & will no longer donate money.

  20. […] club de rugby a tenté de limiter les dégâts avec un communiqué qui à la première lecture faisait plutôt bien, et qui disait […]

  21. […] The Men’s Rugby Club, far from acknowledging the culture of misogyny, homophobia and racism that they endorse, has tried to pretend that the rape culture antics have been occurring under the committee’s noses …. […]

  22. […] Men’s Rugby have issued a full statement regarding the issue, this can be read by clicking here. […]

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