Exclusive: Are wannabe lawyers watching too much porn in the library?
It would appear that BPP Law School big-wigs have come over all paternalistic and taken the arguably somewhat drastic decision to block students from viewing “harmful internet content”.
In an email (pictured below) sent to law students this week, and subsequently acquired by Legal Cheek, BPP management states that there will now be restrictions on internet access across the “student network”.
Despite the email not expressly defining harmful content, one source close to BBP suggested students might be “watching too much porn”.
But fear not, wannabe lawyers of BPP. According to the email, you can apply for access to a “restricted site” if you can provide a “genuine academic reason” for doing so. “Err… I am researching R v Brown,” perhaps?
Justifying its decision, BPP cited new “legal” and “safeguarding” duties that all universities have to comply with.
Racist, pornographic, gambling and now — under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 — terrorism sites, will no longer be accessible on campus. BPP confirmed that the new restrictions went live on 1 June.
The move will only add further fuel to the ‘delicate flower’ debate. Last month it emerged that Oxford law students were being officially notified ahead of potentially distressing lectures about rape and sexual assault. The move gained widespread media coverage but was slammed by Pump Court Chambers’ Matthew Scott, who described the law students as “delicate Oxford flowers”.