It has recently come to light that transphobic stickers have been put up throughout St Andrews and inside the Students’ Association building.
Pink stickers, which read “Transwomen are men, and most have a penis”, had to be taken down from inside the Association building yesterday.
However, some of the stickers found around town were different, with some black stickers providing a ‘dictionary definition’ of a woman: “Woman, wʊmən, noun. Adult human female.”
In response, the Students’ Association released this statement to their Facebook page.
“The Student’s [sic] Association has been made aware of transphobic stickers being put up around the Union building. We would like to make clear that the Student’s [sic] Association has a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of discrimination, and will not tolerate harassment of any of our members.”
The Students’ Association enforces a “strict zero tolerance policy to harassment and bullying” in order to protect its members, visitors, and staff in all Students’ Association venues.
The policy defines harassment as “Unwanted verbal, non-verbal or physical behavior [sic] of any kind that is unwanted, unreasonable and offensive to the recipient and violates people’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.”
Offensive jokes and remarks about gender reassignment feature as an example of the policy’s non-exhaustive list of the types of harassment that can occur.
When asked to comment on the appearance of the stickers, Students’ Association president Jamie Rodney said that, “We would like to make clear that the Student’s [sic] Association has a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of discrimination, and will not tolerate harassment of any of our members. All of the stickers put up in the union have been taken down, and security notified.”