In view of the recent events involving a transgender student, the University of Malta underlines its commitment to supporting and protecting diversity and the rights of all individuals. The University dissociates itself unreservedly from all actions, whether verbal or otherwise which attempt to promote discrimination and/or incitement to racial hatred against any groups of people.
Whilst affirming the right to freedom of expression and association, the University of Malta condemns all actions which are motivated, wholly or partly by any form of hostility towards diverse groups.
The University prides itself in fostering diversity and provides a welcoming learning environment to more than 12,000 students including over a thousand undergraduate and postgraduate students hailing from 92 countries. The lecturing community is in itself international and diverse.
By way of clarification, and contrary to some reports included in sections of the media, the individual in question, Mr Stephen Florian is not a full-time academic but a visiting part-time lecturer.
The University of Malta is investigating the matter with immediate effect.