Cambridge University Dons Told Don't Shake Hands With Muslim Or Disabled Students

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Cambridge University

Cambridge University Told Dons Not To Shake Hands With Muslim Or Disabled Students

The top university has cautioned its academics not to proffer their hand automatically in case the gesture causes an upset. A directive has also gone to admissions tutors which explains that some people are "culturally sensitive" to the traditional British style of greeting.

"Suitable body language conveys welcome just as well," Cambridge advises. But some dons are infuriated by the "advice", with one telling the Daily Telegraph they are being treated as "social misfits".

"It seems to be totally bonkers," one said. "We know when to shake someone's hand and when not to."

The academic, who asked not to be named, added that it all seemed "a bit stupid and pointless" and would make interviews "even more awkward".

The advice, published on Cambridge University's website, states "Apparently insignificant details of behaviour and language can offend disabled people."

Other "helpful" guidance includes:

  • You can use a common saying like ‘see you

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