A professor of philosophy at the University of Warwick has apologised for a tweet that caused controversy with students.
The tweet, which went viral on Twitter, called students in England “nutty” and “nasty”.
It was deleted within hours of it being posted.
Professor Richard Dawkins was among the many people to criticise the tweet.
“They are very upset that a professor would even think about saying that. “
“It was a very crude thing to say.” “
A statement from the university said it was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the tweets. “
It was a very crude thing to say.”
A statement from the university said it was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the tweets.
The university said that it was committed to “a culture of respect and equality”, but that “we cannot tolerate any form of discrimination”.
A spokesman said: “We are very proud of the breadth and depth of our research and teaching, and of the excellent relationship we have with students and staff.”
Professor Dawkins, a world-renowned atheist, is a regular guest on The Daily Show.
He was criticised by students for comments he made in 2006 when he said that if a man with a gun did not give his wife the money to send their child to university, “they would kill her”.
“That’s just wrong,” he said at the time.
“You can’t have an economy where women’s lives are under threat just because you have a gun in your hand.”
He later clarified his remarks by saying he was not “calling for the murder of women”.
The BBC reported that in a separate statement, Warwick said that Professor Dawkins was “proud of the diversity and the diversity of the student body and is proud of our academic community”.
Professor Dawkins has previously made controversial comments on social media about gay people, saying: “What a wonderful thing to hear about gay men who have had sex with other men.”
He has also called for the banning of Islam.
In a separate tweet, he said: “‘Islamophobia’ is a phrase invented by some Muslim extremists to justify the persecution of the Muslim faith.”
Professor Richard, who is the chairman of Warwick’s Faculty of Law, said he had apologised to the university.
He said: ‘I want to apologise unreservedly to the students and the University community for my insensitive and offensive tweet, and I want to reassure the students that the University will never tolerate anything that is harmful or hateful towards any member of the Warwick community, regardless of their faith or race or sexual orientation.’
A University of Sussex spokeswoman said: The University of London said: University of Kent spokesman Michael Smith said: A statement issued on behalf of the university read: ‘The University of Reading has confirmed that a student in Kent is being investigated by the university’s Sexual Misconduct Board for comments she made on Twitter.
‘This investigation relates to comments made by the student and her employer on April 2, 2017.
‘The university has not commented further on the matter.’
‘The statement continues: ‘Students’ comments should be taken with a pinch of salt and should not be taken as a representative view of the views of the University.
‘Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault are serious issues that should not and do not go unchallenged.’
‘We are working with the student to resolve this issue, and we encourage her to respond to this matter in the normal course of her work.
‘We would urge the university community to continue to support the student in this difficult time.
‘If the student wishes to make any further comment, we ask that she please do so in the same way that she would any other student.’
Inquiries are ongoing to understand what she meant and to investigate whether any further action is required.’
The University has a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment, bullying and stalking of any student, staff or visitor.
‘Students who make any type of offensive or offensive comment on Twitter are immediately suspended or expelled.’
‘Sexual harassment, intimidation and stalking is a serious issue that should never and do no harm to anyone.’
We are committed to a culture of academic freedom and are taking this issue very seriously.’