Think about the craziest thing you’ve ever witnessed here at UWE. Got it? Now close your eyes. Shake your head around five or six times and then double it. No, your eyes do not deceive you. Comment by Daniel Minty.

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University is a place where we learn, occasionally where one may get slightly inebriated. Perhaps, you may even fall asleep whilst stumbling home on your post-drink pizza. But, are we really to believe that this university is now a public venue for the Porn Industry?

A video was uploaded to the internet three weeks ago, depicting a man in his late 50s claiming to do “research” on the Frenchay campus. As the video continues, the man approaches what is claimed to be a  UWE student and then goes on to commit several sexual acts in broad daylight in various public areas around the UWE Student Village and Frenchay campus.

Despite the pornographer’s assertions, WesternEye understands that the girl featured in this video is not a UWE student and is a porn actress, but is portrayed as a student during filming.

Samantha, 22, was a tenant at Mendip Court at UWE Student Village. She states “This is absolutely disgusting. There are security guards here at the Accommodation blocks 24/7, how did they not spot this on campus?”

“This is bad. This puts them [students] in a really bad situation, if there is no one there to look out for them.” states Chris, 19 voicing his concerns over the vulnerability of young female students on campus.

Although the claimed student was an actress, this may be seen as advocating this sort of behaviour to other potential opportunists, that they can access  the university premises quite easily and prey on young women. Vice-Chancellor Steve West reacted when the film was drawn to his attention, alerting the police and taking legal action. Steve West is concerned about the infringement of students’ privacy and safety.

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On the pornography website, the male actor claims arrogantly the girl is not on “the payroll” and gloats about how he could put up an hour of “boring bits” of the other girls who did not want to be filmed.

But it’s not all hate on the student camp, the original Facebook post saw a lot of activity. There was laughter at the shock value in its initial reception, however, when you see past the shock and moderate entertainment. You’re left feeling rather empty and dull.

Mark Brain, the UWE Frenchay on-site police officer, previously unaware of the incident speaks out “This is very distasteful. I will be looking into this and identify if there are any criminal offences”.

Tom Renhard, VP Community and Welfare for the Students’ Union, raised serious concerns over the video and the potential implications of attitudes that could arise from it. He stated “I can’t see at what point it would ever be appropriate to film something like this on a university campus, I can’t imagine what our students and staff will think of this. One important thing to note is that all of our students have the right to feel safe on and off campus, regardless of what they are wearing, regardless of their state of mind and regardless of what they may have, or not had to drink”

Renhard oversaw the development of the Safer Spaces policy that was passed at the  UWESU Annual General Meeting in November 2013. Its aim is to place greater emphasis on inclusivity and safety of everyone across our campuses.

The wider consideration for now, are the questions that will arise from this moment onward, and the safety considerations that will need to be reviewed by the university. Steve West, Vice-Chancellor said on the issue: “I am appalled that the University should be subject to such behaviour from a random one-off incident last year by someone with no connection to the University resulting in a false and misleading representation of the University.  We are currently working with the Students’ Union, staff, our on-Campus security and the police to investigate and take legal action where possible.”

Further comments from the Vice Chancellor can be found here: Steve West comments on Frenchay security breach.

Any student with concerns about the video should make contact with the Students’ Union Welfare Vice-President, Tom, at:  vpcommwelfare@uwe.ac.uk