The Agriculture Society Have Been Disaffiliated From Reading University After Last Week’s Social

Today the University of Reading has released a statement about how the University of Reading’s Agriculture Society will be punished for their “Agrics go on holiday” social, where a couple of the members decided to wear black face as part of their costumes.

The University has released a statement:

“The University sets tough rules and high expectations for student behaviour. We have identified, investigated and interviewed the individuals involved. We have seriously reprimanded them and taken appropriate disciplinary action short of suspension from the institution, including fines for both individuals and the society. This incident will remain on the individuals’ permanent record and we have made clear about how seriously the University views it.

In addition, RUSU has decided to disaffiliate the society for the next three years. All support for the society will be withdrawn with immediate effect.

It went on to say 

The University of Reading stands for mutual respect, acceptance and understanding. We are a close-knit, diverse community with staff and students from 150 countries and all backgrounds. The vast majority of our students play a positive, proactive role in our community – the behaviour of a tiny minority should not undermine this.

The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development has a long-standing international reputation. The Reading Agricultural Club plays a positive role in the academic life of the School. It will be setting out clear expectations of the values and behaviour that every single student should uphold, following last week’s events.”



RUSU also released a statement:

“Following last week’s Agricultural society social, Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU) has taken the decision to disaffiliate the society with immediate effect. All support will be withdrawn and the society won’t be able to reform as an official RUSU society for a period of three years.

RUSU will also support any decision made by the University on this matter.”

On Friday RUSU will be holding a talk hosted by¬†African-Caribbean Society entitled “I am not a costume” to teach students about racism and appropriation.