A student officer in charge of ensuring that people behave themselves on nights out was punched in the face after confronting a topless man.
Megan McGrath, the students’ union development officer at Sheffield University, said she asked a male student why he was covered in paint and not wearing a shirt, only for him to pour a drink on her head and then punch her.
Posting a photograph of face covered in blood on Facebook, Ms McGrath said the altercation in the students’ union building was a “completely unprovoked act of violence” which left blood gushing from her face and sent her into shock.
“I asked him, out of non-confrontational curiosity, why he was topless and covered in paint (I later found out he was part of a sports social),” Ms McGrath said.
“His response was to grab my full drink out of my hands, pour it over my head, and run away. Completely shocked, I followed him to challenge his aggressive behaviour. He proceeded to turn around and wordlessly delivered a swift blow to the bridge of my nose with his skull.”
She went on: “Overseeing our club nights is a part of my job, and I get the security reports for every night out. Far, far too often I see female victims not taking crimes of sexual or physical assault further.”
Police are now investigating the incident, and the alleged perpetrator of the assault has been suspended from the university. A spokesman for Sheffield University and the students’ union said the “unprovoked physical attack” is being treated with the “utmost seriousness”.
“The safety of our students is our primary concern, supported by our zero-tolerance approach to violent behaviour,” they said.
“This isolated incident is not typical of our experience here at Sheffield SU. We will act on any lessons that we learn from this.” The spokesman added that university staff who witnessed the attack are assisting the police with their inquiries.