Harper Adams has defended its handling of inappropriate student behaviour after a series of complaints.
A spokesman for the agricultural university in Newport, Shropshire, said it had written to all students and staff to remind them of their duty to encourage respect and to report unacceptable behaviour should they experience, witness or hear about it.
It came after the i Newspaper published accounts of former students who told of a ‘toxic culture’ at the university, with claims of racism, sexism and bullying of vegan and vegetarian students.
The Harper spokesman said: “We believe the growing diversity of students at Harper Adams University is wholly positive for the agricultural and other sectors we serve.
“Students come to university to learn, and that includes having their views challenged, not just in lessons, but by also by their peers.
“Part of the educational process is about learning to convey their opinions respectfully.
“They also need to be open to new ideas, people from different backgrounds and a more inclusive approach as they progress through their course and into the professional world.”
The university said it did not condone or tolerate student behaviour of the type alleged in the i investigation.
“When evidence of inappropriate student behaviour is reported to us action is taken, depending on the nature of the incident, and in accordance with our student disciplinary procedure,” said the spokesman.
Harper runs a Respect campaign which focuses on issues such as consent, respect and bystander intervention.