Brighton University denies allegations of Christmas ban

A university has hit back claims that staff have been told not to use the word Christmas.

It comes after claims staff at the University of Brighton have been advised to call the festive break “winter closing time”.

Staff and students produced a document discouraging the use of “Christian-centric language” that could be found offensive.

A university spokesman said the document was “not an edict and will not be enforced.”

He told The Argus: “This guide was created with our staff and students and is part of our shared commitment to making Brighton a place where everyone feels respected and valued.

“The guidance is exactly that. Words are not ‘forbidden’ in Brighton, and neither is Christmas – as can be seen from the decorations and Christmas trees in our buildings and on our campus.

“It is not an edict and will not be enforced.”

A number of newspapers reported on the nine-page document, which includes a table outlining “what to avoid” and what phrases to use instead.

The university said the document was created by a staff group along with students.

It should help them understand how language can be a “fundamental part of upholding legal responsibilities and avoiding prejudice, slang, or expressions that discriminate against groups of people based on protected characteristics”. Brighton University denies allegations of Christmas ban

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