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Statement from the Union’s Full-time Officers on lecturer abuse conviction

The Students’ Union has a Zero Tolerance policy for abuse and violence, and the welfare of our students is always our top priority. 

In light of the recent news coverage of the awful case of abuse carried out by a member of staff towards a student, we want to make it clear that we are here to support the former student involved, and all students who have been affected by this case and other cases of domestic abuse. 

We call on the University management to follow its disciplinary procedure and to immediately dismiss Dr Lee Salter who was convicted of assault by beating and causing criminal damage to belongings. We also ask them to take a clear zero tolerance stance against violence towards students. We hope that the University will put the welfare of the former student involved at the forefront of their future actions, and give them their full support. 

The Students’ Union echoes the statement released by Hareem Ghani, the NUS Women's Officer, which said "Universities ... need to be aware of the precedent they set when they allow convicted criminals to retain their posts and target other vulnerable women. The message from Sussex University is clear: we do not care for the welfare of our women students.”

We realises that this incident is an example of why universities need to continue to work on their strategies to combat and prevent domestic and sexual violence. It is particularly important that the University takes the correct disciplinary procedures with their staff, in line with the work they have been doing on student discipline. 

If any students have been affected by this incident, and would like to access support, they can contact:

There is also support available from external services such as:

 

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