Warwick University students banned for ‘shameful’ Facebook chats allowed back to studies

A group of students who were banned by Warwick University over racist, antisemitic and misogynistic Facebook messages will be allowed to return to their studies. 

Eleven students were suspended by the prestigious university last May over the remarks made in a group chat.

They included comments such as, ‘sometimes it’s fun to just go wild and rape 100 girls’ and ‘rape the whole flat to teach them all [a] lesson.’ 

But there is outrage today after it was revealed four out of the five banned students will be allowed to return to the campus in the next academic year.

Eleven students were suspended by the prestigious university last May over racist, antisemitic and misogynistic comments made in a Facebook group chat

Eleven students were suspended by the prestigious university last May over racist, antisemitic and misogynistic comments made in a Facebook group chat

Eleven students were suspended by the prestigious university last May over racist, antisemitic and misogynistic comments made in a Facebook group chat

One member of the group replied using the term ‘p**i’, while further remarks included ‘love Hitler, hate n****s and jews and Corbyn’.

The university became aware of the Facebook group chat – called ‘F*** women, Disrespect them all’, after almost 100 screenshots of the comments came to light.

It launched at formal investigation, which led to one student being banned from campus for life, and another two students banned for 10 years

Two more students were required to withdraw from the university for a year with immediate effect and face disciplinary penalties, along with three others.

The case against one student was found to be not proven while two others were cleared of wrongdoing.

But it has now emerged that some of the banned students will be allowed to return in the next academic year following an appeal.

Four of the five students who were originally banned are due to return, with one student choosing to withdraw. 

The decision to allow the students back onto campus has sparked outrage on social media

The decision to allow the students back onto campus has sparked outrage on social media

The decision to allow the students back onto campus has sparked outrage on social media

The university became aware of the Facebook group chat - called 'F*** women, Disrespect them all' - after almost 100 screenshots of the vile comments came to light

The university became aware of the Facebook group chat - called 'F*** women, Disrespect them all' - after almost 100 screenshots of the vile comments came to light

The university became aware of the Facebook group chat – called ‘F*** women, Disrespect them all’ – after almost 100 screenshots of the vile comments came to light

Fellow students reacted with anger and disgust at the university’s decision, describing as a ’embarrassment’ and ‘pathetic’.

Social media users are now expressing their disgust using the hashtag, #ShameOnYouWarwick.

Meg Wain tweeted: ‘A group of Warwick uni lads make a chat about how they want to rape you and mutilate girls you know, admit that they’d do it again and still get invited back with open arms the following academic year. Nah I’m made.’

Lizzy Dowling, a parent of a student, tweeted: ‘As the parent of a 2nd year Warwick student I am shocked at the lenient treatment of the culprits.’

The university launched at formal investigation, which led to one student being banned from campus for life, and another two students banned for 10 years

The university launched at formal investigation, which led to one student being banned from campus for life, and another two students banned for 10 years

The university launched at formal investigation, which led to one student being banned from campus for life, and another two students banned for 10 years

The Warwick Student Union said: 'We share reservations regarding some aspects of the handling of University disciplinary procedures and are continuing to push for a meaningful review of the process'

The Warwick Student Union said: 'We share reservations regarding some aspects of the handling of University disciplinary procedures and are continuing to push for a meaningful review of the process'

The Warwick Student Union said: ‘We share reservations regarding some aspects of the handling of University disciplinary procedures and are continuing to push for a meaningful review of the process’

A university spokesperson said: ‘We are unable to comment further on individual student discipline cases, but we can assure you that the University has a robust Student Discipline procedure that includes a detailed investigation, and consideration of the case by a Committee of senior academic staff and Students’ Union Sabbatical Officers.’

Warwick Student Union said in a statement: ‘The SU is aware of considerable unease around the final outcome of the appeals process with regards to the group chat investigation. We share reservations regarding some aspects of the handling of University disciplinary procedures and are continuing to push for a meaningful review of the process.

‘We remain shocked by the content of the group chat, and our stance continues to be that sexism, racism and oppression of any kind have no place within our community. The SU maintains a zero-tolerance approach to this.

‘We would also like to assure students that their safety and wellbeing remains our highest priority, and we will continue to liaise with the University to communicate student concerns surrounding the broader campus environment in the coming months.’

 

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