University where 20% of students are Muslim considers alcohol-free zones

the guardian

A London university is considering establishing alcohol-free zones on its campuses because so many of its students consider drinking to be immoral.

Professor Malcolm Gillies, vice-chancellor of London Metropolitan University, said the selling of alcohol was an issue of “cultural sensitivity” at his institution where a fifth of students are Muslim.

Speaking to a conference of university administrators in Manchester, he said that for many students, drinking alcohol was “an immoral experience”.

“Because there is no majority ethnic group [at London Metropolitan], I think [selling alcohol] is playing to particular parts of our society much more [than to others],” he was reported as saying in the Times Higher Education magazine.

The student mix at London Metropolitan University

“Alcohol is a barrier to many Muslim students participating in freshers’ events and often in society activities, so we are in support of moves to have alcohol-free zones and events,” she said. “However, if a student wants to drink, we don’t want to ban them from doing that.”


One Comment on “University where 20% of students are Muslim considers alcohol-free zones”

  1. Humaira Latif
    April 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    It’s really good & humanitarian of Metropolitan university to take this mega step to promote respect & tolerance! Love for all, hatred for none.

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