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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.