De Montfort University follow-up

You’ll recall that I wrote to an administrator at De Montfort University in April to complain about his high-handed treatment of one of our members – a journalism student – who’d been put through a disciplinary process for supposedly bringing the University into disrepute. This was after a left-wing activist had lodged a complaint about him following a routine Twitter spat. The University concluded that our member was indeed guilty and threatened him with expulsion if he repeated the offence. This is a clear breach of his right to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, as well as being contrary to the University’s own free speech policies and inconsistent with its legal duty to uphold free speech under s.43 of Education (Nº 2) Act 1986, as I pointed out in my letter. I asked the administrator to explain himself, and warned him that we will legally challenge any further sanctions that are imposed on our member. You can read that letter here. Disappointingly, the letter wasn’t even acknowledged, let alone responded to. Consequently, I’ve written a follow-up letter, this time to De Montfort’s Vice-Chancellor, copying in Michelle Donelan MP, the Universities Minister. You can read that letter below.