Controversial magazine Charlie Hebdo may have made its way across the Channel to newsagents in the UK, but it won't be on sale at Bristol University as it violates the student union's "safe space" policy.
One stumped student raised the hypothetical question as to whether the satirical publication would pass the University of Bristol Students’ Union's (UBU) criteria.
Would Charlie Hebdo cartoons pass the @ububristol safe space policy I wonder?— Conor McGlacken (@ConorMcGlacken) January 8, 2015
Alex Bradbrook, academic experience and welfare officer for UBU, replied:
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Bradbrook told HuffPost UK: "The original query was posing a question about a hypothetical situation. No-one has, to date, asked UBU to stock this publication, nor would it be possible, given that UBU does not sell magazines or any form of print media.
"UBU's Safe Space policy was developed by students to ensure that everyone can operate within UBU safely and without threat. It has received overwhelming support from the student body. As a democratic organisation, we are obliged to adhere to such policy enacted by students until it expires or gets renewed, at which point its merits and/or flaws can be debated."