University of Limerick students' union aware of alleged racist incident

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A spokesperson for UL said: “The university takes any allegation relating to abuse of its students extremely seriously"

A spokesperson for UL said: “The university takes any allegation relating to abuse of its students extremely seriously"

THE students' union at the University of Limerick has confirmed it is aware of an alleged racist incident on campus at the college.

The Limerick Leader understands a Chinese student made a report earlier this month over alleged racist behaviour towards her at a Halloween party in the Courtyard area, outside the main pubs and bars on campus.

The student, who wishes to remain anonymous, was standing close to the stage prior to a concert appearance by American singer Sean Kingston.

She claims she was subjected to “abusive language and inappropriate behaviour”.

In a statement, the students union said it “condemns all forms of racism and bigotry”, and asked if any student does suffer and form of abuse to report it to An Garda Siochana.

”We arrived at the courtyard early in order to have a close view,” the victim of the alleged abuse said, “but the offender came over with her friends, finding our squad and some other Chinese students standing at the front row. She shouted some rude words to us.”

The alleged offender and her friends referred to the victim’s race and nationality. The victim claims expressions such as “f*****g Chinese” and “chinky” were used.

The latter is a derogatory term for people of Chinese origin.

“What she said and what she did ruined my mood,” she said. “Also I was disappointed that such a case would happen in a friendly country like Ireland.”

The issue was reported to the students union the following day, sparking an investigation.

But as of now, the alleged perpetrator has yet to come forward.

In a statement, the union said that all students of the college must adhere to the UL student handbook’s code of conduct.

This states it will be deemed a “major offence” for any member of the community to abuse physically or verbally any other member of the campus community or any other person on the campus.

“The consequences for a student found guilty of such an offence may result in suspension of expulsion,” they add.

A spokesperson for UL said no report had been made to it, but added: “The university takes any allegation relating to abuse of its students extremely seriously.”