University students and staff admonished over unhygienic toilet habits

Strathclyde University has apologised after hundreds of staff and students received an email warning about their toilet habits.

The email was sent by the operations management team at the university’s Technology and Innovation Centre, and raised concerns about people defecating in inappropriate places following complaints from cleaners at the state-of-the-art facility.

The email, sent out on Thursday, said: “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.

“All bodily fluids, solids and toilet paper must be disposed of down the toilet.

“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.”

Strathclyde University’s Technology and Innovation Centre opened in 2015. Located in central Glasgow, the official website for the facility describes it as a home for “researchers, engineers and project managers from academia and industry, who will work side-by-side on projects spanning future cities, manufacturing, health and energy.”

When questioned about the email, a Strathclyde University spokeswoman told Glasgow Live: “We’ve apologised for any offence caused to colleagues.

“The email contained sentiments completely contrary to our institutional values and should not have been sent.