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A statement from the Principal of St John's College regarding the events at South College.

Many of you have been shocked by reports of remarks made by Mr Rod Liddle at a formal meal at South College on Friday 3 December. Like you, I find the upset caused by this event deeply concerning.

As indicated here, Durham University has now begun an internal investigation into this matter, and while it is ongoing it would not be appropriate for me to comment on the circumstances surrounding this event.

The University categorically distances itself from the comments made by the speaker, and on behalf of our college, I also deplore the intolerant and hurtful remarks attributed to the speaker in reports of the event.

I want to use this moment to reaffirm our commitment to creating an inclusive, tolerant community where everyone is entitled to respect and dignity.

Students have been encouraged to contact our student support team if they have been personally affected by the issues raised.

David Wilkinson