Diversity & Inclusion

Syracuse University London has a commitment to fostering a campus that is free from discrimination and celebrates the diversity of its community. A safe space to study, work and live together as a community requires our focus on appreciating and valuing each other for our unique identities.


UCLU Clubs & Societies

London is one of the most diverse cities in the world and we want you to feel included and have a chance to meet people outside of SU London while you study in London. We have teamed up with University College London (UCL) to provide SU London students with the opportunity to mix with their British and International counterparts, and their local communities by becoming a member of UCLU Clubs & Societies.

There are plenty of opportunities to make new friends and explore hobbies and interests through UCLU Clubs & Societies. These include our 200+ student-run sports clubs and societies, fitness centre, cafes, bars and much more!

List of facilities: http://uclu.org/facilities

List of clubs and societies: http://uclu.org/clubs-societies/directory

And the good news is, the £15 visiting 3-month membership fee is paid for by SU London. Just so you’re aware, you must cover your own costs to join a specific club. Each club has its own joining fee (if any at all) depending on their activities. A list of fees per club can be found here: http://uclu.org/shop

IMPORTANT: Visiting members may not represent UCLU in competitive sport (unless approved by UCLU and governing body – see UCLU club and society regulations for full details), serve as officers or in leadership roles in any Club or Society, vote in elections, seek office in the Union of any of its Clubs or Societies, or obtain NUS membership from UCLU.

UCLU hold the following two events at the start of the British semester (dates TBC) which we encourage you to attend:

  • Welcome Fair –will have 200+ clubs and societies there for you to meet and have a chat with.
    • ‘Try’ fortnight – when most clubs offer free taster sessions for two weeks so you have a chance to try them out before you join that club/society. Examples of clubs & societies: Sports clubs (badminton, American football, cricket…), boat club, chocolate society, film society, green economy society, music society, writer’s society…

How you can apply:

You will receive an email from Nada Silman prior to your arrival in London with a visiting membership form, which will need to be completed and returned to Jovita Adom by email: joadom@syr.edu (deadline will vary per semester, please pay attention to instructions in Nada’s email).

You will be able to apply in person when you arrive in London during your Arrivals & Orientation week, but we encourage you to apply beforehand so you can start reaping the benefits of this membership as soon as you arrive. Otherwise, the process takes 2-3 weeks from application date.

Helpful FAQ:

How do I join a club or society?

Firstly, go to the Welcome Fair, dates TBC located in the main UCL Quad and Wilkins Building (info can be found on the UCLU website) as you can find out all the information you need to know about clubs and societies there, including the membership fees for specific clubs.

Then there is a ‘Try’ fortnight, where most clubs offer free taster sessions for the two weeks, and sports clubs put on trials for two weeks. After those two weeks, there’s ‘Joining’ fortnight. Clubs and societies must have at least 30 members to exist, so join up quickly, and tell all your friends to join too. Each club has a membership fee as explained above. First membership MUST be paid for at the CSC reception where they will set you up with an online account. When the payment has been processed, your name and contact information will be passed onto the club president. If you don’t have a credit or debit card, you can still pay the membership fee in cash, at the CSC Reception (Address: CSC Reception, 2nd Floor, 15 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AH).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jovita Adom at joadom@syr.edu


Groups
Currently there are no groups/clubs dedicated to celebrating diversity at the London campus. If you are interested in setting up a student group please contact the Academic Excellence Coordinator, Jovita Adom, at joadom@syr.edu. You can also visit us in the Program Office (SR101/9).

Code of Conduct
As an institution of higher education, Syracuse University fosters learning and growth. It seeks to provide all students with a safe and secure learning environment that is free of crime and/or policy violations motivated by discrimination, sexual and bias-related harassment, and other violations of rights. SU London recognizes and values the similarities and differences among students. Discrimination, sexual and bias-related harassment, and other violations of rights disrupt the educational process and will not be tolerated. Your student handbook outlines your rights and responsibilities.

Students who feel they have been the target of bias (or who have witnessed a bias-related incident) may report the incident to the Assistant Director for Programming and Student Life, Nada Silman at nwsilman@syr.edu. Alternatively, you can contact the SU London Emergency Phone, which will be covered by a member of the Program Office staff at all times, on +44 (0)79 5747 3159.

LGBTQ+
Syracuse University has been ranked by the Huffington Post in their top 10 colleges in the US to support LGBT students. Our campus community in London, while small in comparison, extends that support to study abroad.

Useful Links
For advice on traveling abroad:
http://www.rainbowsig.org/us-students-abroad
http://travel.state.gov/content/studentsabroad/en/smart-travel/for-lgbt-travelers.html

For advice on airport security:
http://transequality.org/know-your-rights/airport-security

For passport advice:
http://transequality.org/know-your-rights/passports

Support & Guidance
Staff in the Program Office are available for a private one-to-one conversation if you need support or guidance. However, it is important to note that they are not trained counselors or mental health experts. If you need professional support, we can refer you to a number of different experts.

Policies
SU campus policies apply to the SU Abroad community. To learn more about these policies, follow the links below.

Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy

Sexual Harassment, Abuse, and Assault Prevention

Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services

Syracuse University prohibits harassment or discrimination related to any protected category including creed, ethnic or national origin, gender, pregnancy, disability, marital status, political or social affiliation, age, race, color, veteran status, military status, religion, sexual orientation, domestic violence status, gender identity, gender expression or perceived gender. Any complaint of discrimination or harassment related to any of these protected bases should be reported to the University’s Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services Office. The Chief Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services Office is staffed by four full-time professionals who are responsible for coordinating compliance efforts under the various laws including Titles VI, IX and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. This office can be contacted at Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services, 005 Steele Hall, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244; by email: e-eoirs@syr.edu; or by telephone: 315-443-4018.