Goldsmiths University is again at the centre of a storm after three students’ union officers resigned - one over allegations of bullying.

Adrihani Rashid confirmed she is stepping down as president at a student assembly held on Tuesday (November 17), having only been elected in March.

A statement read on her behalf said she will be leaving due to “personal reasons”.

She added: "I am sorry that I am unable to attend this student assembly, and that I must leave so early in my term."

An independent investigation has been launched into claims of bullying and harassment, which is said to be the catalyst for Ms Rashid’s departure.

A statement online stated the students’ union (SU) takes the allegations “very seriously”, and details of the investigation will be published before Christmas.


Today (November 20) fellow sabbatical officer Bahar Mustafa announced her own resignation amid the claims. 

She said: "I am resigning for the preservation of my mental and physical health.

"I am still committed to the independent investigation which I am confident will shed light on the structural issues that have led to the mental and physical breakdown of all sabbatical officers."

It also emerged a few hours later a third team member, campaigns and activities officer Alex Etches, also stood down. 

The university, off Lewisham Way, has been hit by controversy in the past few months with uproar over the behaviour of welfare and diversity officer Ms Mustafa.

Police initially investigated claims the 28-year-old posted '#killallwhitemen’ on Twitter, but later dropped charges against her.

She kept her post despite a petition to remove her, and opened the student assembly earlier this week with a statement from the sabbatical team regarding “recent events”.

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The meeting also discussed a flurry of resignations from the student newspaper.

People in key posts at The Leopard have quit over claims their work was being censored.

Zak Thomas, former comment editor, wrote an open resignation letter where he revealed he had been working on a story about “high-profile allegations within the SU”.

He continued: "Not only was I asked to redact certain information, but when I sent the final article to be legally checked by the SU …. I discovered the article had been shared amongst the people that were accused."

He labelled it a “serious breach of trust”.

Editor-in-chief Sabrina Sharif followed suit with her own public announcement.

But in a further twist, Mr Thomas withdrew his resignation yesterday (November 19) after an apology was issued after the “misunderstanding”.

Interim measures will be put in place following Ms Rashid's resignation, which takes effect from January.

It is unclear yet what steps will be taken following the second departure.

A spokesperson for Goldsmiths said: "We fully support the Goldsmiths Students’ Union’s decision to launch a thorough and independent investigation of allegations and want to see this take place as soon as possible.”

Ms Rashid was unavailable for comment.