THE National Union of Students (NUS) was forced to apologise today after it failed to include Judaism as an option in a questionnaire on students’ religion for the second time in six months.
A Jewish student highlighted the omission on social media with a screenshot of the survey, saying the NUS was “forgetting Judaism. Again.”
It showed a question sent to all students which gave the options Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, spiritual, agnostic, atheist, any other religion or belief, other and prefer not to say.
An identical incident occurred in July last year, leading NUS president Shakira Martin to promise it would be dealt with and would not happen again.
However, the form sent to students in December appeared to be exactly the same as the July one.
Ms Martin took to Facebook to apologise again today, offering the “whole Jewish community” reassurances that she would resolve the problem.
In a video message, she said she was “so angry” but added that she found her job difficult because “I’m running an organisation that is massive.”
She said she knew what was going on in terms of policy but not “who fills out forms and that kind of stuff.”
Ms Martin offered no excuses for what had happened and agreed that she should be held accountable for it, saying she was “bang to rights.”
Apologising to Jewish students, she said: “I’m sorry. I’m sorry if anyone felt like they weren’t welcomed or that they were pushed out. Genuinely, that is not my intention.”
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