IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO OUR MEMBERS:
As the Students' Union we are absolutely disgusted by racist messages that you may have seen shared overnight on social media and that have been forwarded to us by concerned students.
We have reported all of these messages and the individuals listed directly to the University and demand that the University takes immediate action that reflects the extreme seriousness of the comments made.
Racism must not be tolerated anywhere at Essex, whether in the University or the Students' Union, and we expect to see a zero tolerance approach to be taken towards these individuals.
We have immediately suspended the Students' Union membership of the individuals reported and, in keeping with our own zero tolerance approach, we will be taking immediate action on any activities that we find to be directly linked to any University of Essex Societies.
We have also reported the information we have received to the Hate Crime Reporting Centre.
We thank the students that have shared messages with us for their bravery in coming forward and we urge anyone that has further information to please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or please report it through the University's Report and Support system at www.reportandsupport.essex.ac.uk so that action can be taken.