Afzal Ali Friday, April 13, 2012
London Metropolitan University to Ban Alcohol to Attract Muslim Students
The university was founded in 2002. One-fifth of its 30,000 students are Muslims, and of those the majority are women.
It is an issue of "cultural sensitivity" to provide drink-free areas, Gillies said, adding that he was "not a great fan of alcohol on campus."
"It's a negative experience — in fact an immoral experience — for a high percentage of our students," he said.
"Many of our students do come from backgrounds where they actually look on (drinking) as a negative. And given that around our campuses you have at least half a dozen pubs within 200 meters, I can't see there is such a pressing reason to be cross-subsidizing a student activity which is essentially the selling of alcohol," he said.
The vice chancellor said the university needs to be much more cautious about sex too.