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A new report launched by Student Rights, a project of The Henry Jackson Society, has found that the Government and UK universities are consistently failing to do enough to combat extremism on campus. The National Union of Students (NUS) campaign ‘Students Not Suspects’ exacerbates, and even facilitates, this problem.
The report calls for renewed efforts in preventing extremism and radicalisation, which continue to pose significant threats in higher education.
The report, “Tolerating the Intolerant”: A Report on ‘Students not Suspects’, finds that:
Research Manager of Student Rights and author of the report, Richard Black, summarised his findings, commenting that:
“While the NUS’s ‘Students Not Suspects’ campaign has not succeeded in its overall aim of ‘scrapping’ Prevent, it has encouraged numerous student unions to pass motions boycotting the policy. It has spread misinformation and betrayed students, staff and local authorities. Far from moderating its message, ‘Students Not Suspects’ has also developed ever closer links to extremist organisations such as CAGE and MEND. This divisive campaign continues to alienate moderate students and further undermines the credibility and legitimacy of the NUS amongst government, policy makers and wider civil society.”