UEA: Equality for Disabled Students

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The University of East Anglia has systematically abused disabled students for several months, but due to decentralised beauracracy and a lack of accountability no action has been taken.

Policy changes have been carried out, despite there being no student consultation and no communication with those affected. Accomodation discounts are to be slashed, and students with disabilities are set to be rounded up in the Village in order for the University to minimise costs.

It is well known that profit is at the forefront of UEA Accommodation policy, as through the systematic exploitation of student residents the University makes around £4.35m profit per annum*.

High profits mean increased investment, right? Wrong. The majority of this revenue goes into the 'pot' and funds other projects across the University. Students living in halls pay tuition fees to support their university, but also pay an extortionate amount of rent in order to fund their university.

Disabled students often require a room which suits their physical and/or mental needs. Whether that be a room with specialist equipment installed, or a room in a quieter area. It would be unfair to charge them for these additional features.

In fact, this is enshrined in British law, and I would argue that UEA is currently breaching the Equality Act (2010) as they are discriminating against students with disabilities by charging them for the additional features to meet their needs.

I'm calling on Dr. Jon Sharp to reinstate the full accomodation discount for those students with disabilities, and ensure that UEA accomodation meets their needs. Discrimination will not be tolerated.

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