Strathclyde University sent an email to 650 “multi-cultural” students and staff after janitors complained about “people pooing in bins, showers and the likes” and apparently not knowing there were toilets designed for such personal business.
The memo was emailed last week by the operations management team of the University’s state-of-the-art Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) to its 400 students and staff of 250.
“Given the incidence of people pooing in bins, showers and the likes, can I please remind all TIC occupants that the toilets have been provided for that specific purpose,” the memo read.
“All bodily fluids, solids and toilet paper must be disposed of down the toilet. While I appreciate that the TIC population is multi-cultural and different countries have different practices, here in the UK the accepted practice is to use only the WC.” (WC stands for “water closet” or toilet.)
A knowledgeable insider told the Daily Record that the TIC building houses “some of the most intelligent brains in the world – yet they don’t appear to know how to use the toilet. The cleaners are sick of coming across poo and used toilet paper in places it just shouldn’t be.”
A spokeswoman for the university, however, found the email more offensive than scholars defecating in unusual locations around the TIC and leaving feces lying around willy-nilly.
“We have apologized for any offense caused to colleagues. The email contained sentiments that are completely contrary to our institutional values and should not have been sent. It was recalled as soon as it came to our attention and we swiftly issued an apology to staff,” she stated. “We are reviewing the circumstances relating to its circulation and are taking steps to ensure that all future communications are appropriate and are consistent with our ethos.”
The Technology and Innovation Centre opened in Glasgow in 2015 and is home to “researchers, engineers and project managers from academia and industry, who will work side by side on projects spanning future cities, manufacturing, health and energy,” according to its web site.