Terror report fears

October 7, 2005

The report by Anthony Glees and Chris Pope of Brunel University on extremist groups operating on university campuses offers nothing to the serious debate about how to address terrorism ("Beacons of truth or crucibles of terror?" September 23).

The report proposes imposing quotas on the number of ethnic minority students attending any individual university; abolishing the clearing system that allows students to find an alternative university if they have not achieved the grades for their first choice; forcing all student societies to include dons on their committees; and restricting academic discussion on certain topics.

The National Union of Students fears that the report's unsubstantiated claims have the potential to endanger Muslim students by inflaming a climate of racism, fear and hostility.

The NUS is calling on its members to work together to engage all students and defend the rights of faith and cultural groups to self-organise as societies.

Kat Fletcher NUS national president Pav Akhtar NUS black students' officer

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