The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow is in damage-control mode after an email from its Technology and Innovation Center chastised students and staff from “different countries” for defecating in the school’s showers and garbage cans.
The email, sent Thursday by the TIC’s operations management team, cited complaints from school janitors who have been tasked with cleaning up after the poopetrators.
“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,” read the email, obtained by The Telegraph.
The email blamed multiculturalism for the ongoing problem, saying bathroom etiquette (or lack thereof) can vary from country to country.
“All bodily fluids, solids and toilet paper must be disposed of down the toilet,” it stated. “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.”
A university spokeswoman later apologized for the email, saying the school is “taking steps to ensure that all future communications are appropriate and are consistent with our ethos.”
“We have apologized for any offense caused to colleagues,” the spokeswoman told Glasgow Live. “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.”
The email was sent to roughly 400 students and 250 staff members.
The university didn’t say who was behind the email or whether that person would face disciplinary action.
Still, it appears the public defecation struggle at Strathclyde is very real.
“This building houses some of the most intelligent brains in the world – yet they don’t appear to know how to use the toilet,” an inside source told Metro. “The cleaners are sick of coming across poo and used toilet paper in places it just shouldn’t be.”