Student suspended from university for comments on Islam

Published on 5 November 2019 by BrickTop

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Student crowdfunds £30k to sue uni who suspended him for Islam comments.

A UKIP student who was suspended for complaints over comments he made on Islam has raised nearly £30,000 to take his uni to court. The University of Central Lancashire suspended Sebastian Walsh after he said “Halal meat is violent and barbaric”

Sebastian, a UKIP member and Young Independence regional chairman, is currently taking his case up with the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA), the university sector’s complaints board, after failing to win an appeal against his suspension. “I am not going to let this go until we have sent a message to all universities that we will not allow free speech to be trampled,” he wrote. Sebastian says that he told other students “Halal meat is violent and barbaric” and that he would never eat a KFC or Subway.

After a disciplinary hearing in January, Sebastian was suspended until the end of the academic year. He was told he could return if he did diversity training and promised to behave well in future. However, he did not respond to either of the universities offers. In April, he lost an appeal against the suspension, however took up the university’s recommendation to take his case to the OIA. Sebastian is no longer a student at UCLan, as he allowed his enrolment to lapse, however the uni say they would let him back if he did the training.

“Halal is barbaric in every way, and I make no apology for saying so. If that offends you, then I really don’t care.”