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Students Urge Universities to Tackle Racism

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Student union officers have urged universities to do more to tackle racism, as student representatives from Russell Group universities suggest the issue is being brushed under the carpet.

Students at the University of Exeter are calling for change after a spate of racist incidents, which reportedly occurred on campus and within student societies.

In one incident, five students at the university were suspended after complaints were raised that derogatory messages were being sent on a student WhatsApp group.

Meanwhile, in February 2017, Exeter launched an investigation after a "Rights for Whites" sign was found in a hall of residence. However, a spokesman for the University of Exeter said the number of reports from students of alleged racism is extremely low, although it acknowledged just one incident is one too many.

Elsewhere, last month two 18-year-olds were arrested in Nottingham after inflammatory comments were captured on video. In response, Nottingham Trent University said: "Those suspected perpetrators have been suspended immediately pending a full investigation. We have contacted the student who made the complaint and are providing support to her and others affected. And we are liaising with the police about this incident."