The Soton Tab recently published an article regarding the death of a University of Southampton student. This article displays a complete lack of sensitivity on the subject, with no mention of support services for readers. 

The Union has received complaints from students, including submissions to You Make Change, and the article has received considerable backlash on social media.

Students have asked the Union to take action.  We have therefore contacted the national Tab directly and asked them to take down the article out of respect for the student, their family & friends, and all those affected by this tragic event.

As The Soton Tab is not a society affiliated to the Union, the immediate sanctions available to us are:

  • Ban The Tab from attending any of our Freshers’ events, such as the Freshers’ Fayre
  • Refuse any request for individual comment from our Sabbatical officers on any current or future article

We will be doing both of these with immediate effect.

If students are feeling distressed about this issue and would like advice and support, please contact either the Students’ Union Advice Centre or University of Southampton Enabling Services.

Evie Reilly (VP Democracy & Creative Industries) on behalf of the SUSU Sabbatical Team

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