South Gloucestershire & Stroud College (SGS) is deeply moved by the events taking place in Israel, Gaza, and the Middle East.
We stand in solidarity with those members of our community personally affected and extend our thoughts to all enduring hardships. We understand that the situation is distressing, especially for those worried about their loved ones. We empathize with everyone affected, emphasizing that SGS College firmly stands against antisemitism, Islamophobia, or prejudice against any religion.
To our staff and students: SGS recognizes the emotional toll of recent incidents, especially on our staff and students connected to the region. We have numerous support systems and personnel available for comfort, advice, and assistance. We urge anyone in our College community, or those impacted by global conflicts, to seek help when needed. We are actively reaching out to those affected to provide welfare and support, committed to ensuring the well-being of our entire community as the situation progresses. We will remain vigilant, adjusting our information and response as the situation evolves.
Addressing Harassment: SGS asserts that there is no room for antisemitism, Islamophobia, or intolerance towards any faith. Harassment or discrimination will not be tolerated. We expect everyone—staff, students, visitors, and contractors—to treat one another with respect and kindness. If any community member experiences harassment, they are encouraged to report to the local police, utilise the College's internal grievance procedures, and seek assistance and guidance through the College's welfare services.
The College operates a Freedom of Expression policy, which outlines what is acceptable behaviour, however the College will not tolerate any expression, statement or speech which uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, either intending to stir up hatred or unrest or where hatred or unrest is likely to be stirred up. This includes for example, making inflammatory public speeches or posting racist comments on social media websites