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Minister orders university to investigate conduct of students who simulated masturbation: “Inadmissible”

The Minister of Education, Camilo Santana, ordered that the Santo Amaro University (Unisa) be notified to investigate and take action on the case of Medicine students who were naked and simulated masturbation during a university game in the interior of São Paulo.

Videos that went viral on social media show what appears to be the university’s men’s futsal team with their shorts down and touching their genitals next to the court where women’s volleyball athletes from Centro Universitário São Camilo were playing.

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The minister explained that the Secretariat for Regulation and Supervision of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education will notify Unisa, under penalty of opening a supervision procedure and adopting disciplinary measures.

A CNN contacted the Santo Amaro University, but did not receive a response until the publication of this article.

Police investigate the case

The São Paulo Public Security Secretariat (SSP-SP) informed the CNN, in a note, that “as soon as he became aware of the facts, he began steps to investigate what happened.” Therefore, the Civil Police investigates what happened.

“The General Investigations Department (DIG) of São Carlos has already started investigations to fully clarify the facts”, concluded the SSP.

The Rubens Monteiro de Arruda Academic Center, from the Unisa Medicine course, published a note on social media saying “it repudiates the attitudes demonstrated in the videos that are circulating on social media regarding previous competitions”.

“We do not condone attitudes that offend, humiliate and embarrass anyone. It is clear that such achievements are a setback for a university shaped through the struggles and demands of its students, and which is also dedicated to ensuring that its name is respected and recognized”, added the Academic Center.

Unisa Medicine Athletics also commented in a statement: “The footage circulated by the media is not contemporary and does not represent the principles and values ​​preached by AAAJDD”.

“We do not tolerate or condone any act of abuse or discrimination. Therefore, athletes, fans, technical staff and everyone involved in our competitions and events are, by us, always encouraged to behave based on ethical and social principles in which respect, inclusion and equality prevail”, added Atlética.

UNE and Ministry of Women repudiated the case

With the repercussion of the case, the National Union of Students (UNE) and the Ministry of Women expressed their rejection.

“The scenes involving Unisa medical students during university games are absurd. These students need to be held accountable for the crimes committed in unacceptable conduct during a women’s volleyball game,” UNE wrote in a statement.

“We cannot tolerate cases like this continuing to happen. Our fight will always be for a university environment free of machismo and harassment!”, she concluded.

The Ministry of Women declared that “breaking centuries of a misogynistic culture is a constant task that requires a careful look at all types of gender-based violence”.

“Attitudes such as those of medical students at Unisa can never be normalized — they must be combated with the rigor of the law”, continued the Ministry.

“In partnership with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Women reinforces its commitment to confront these practices that limit or make it impossible for students to participate as citizens. Let’s continue working to make universities safe spaces, free from violence,” she concluded.

*published by Tiago Tortella, from CNN

*with information from Ana Coelho, Anderson Oliveira, Gabriele Koga and Léo Lopes, from CNN

Source: CNN Brasil

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