Evidence lacks to justify cancellation of Wilberforce Academy from Oxford
An independent investigation found that there was no substantial evidence for Worcester College's apology and cancellation of the Wilberforce Academy in September of 2021
After hosting this Christian youth conference that seeks to uphold free and considerate debate about controversial issues, this Oxford College said it had received “a number of complaints” and would not hold the event next year. Christian Concern inquired about these complaints, which they had heard nothing of, and upon getting little response, instigated their own investigation.
Worchester College said some attendees had been “unduly demanding” and “difficult to deal with” while others had broken Covid protocols. Christian Concern asked for evidence that backed these allegations but received nothing. They also asked for evidence of leaflets that had been “aggressively distributed” and “without consent.”
Mr. Stepheson from the college replied “I am afraid that I am unable to provide the detailed information you have requested… The information provided does not enable me to identify any of your delegates… I have not been able to obtain a copy of the leaflets that were alleged to have been distributed.”
Having little success, Christian Concern assigned Michael Stewart to conduct an independent inquiry to see if Worchester College’s claims had any validity. He requested witness statements from 124 attendees and got 114 responses. From the responses, there was little if any basis for the allegations.