University students banned after disgusting group rape chat
STUDENTS have been kicked out of The University of Warwick after screenshots of a group messenger chat emerged in which users joked about rape and used racial slurs.
As a result of an investigation, three students have now been banned from campus.
The University had initially suspended 11 male students pending a disciplinary investigation after the remarks came to light.
Screenshots showed one chat member wrote: "Rape her friends too," with another replying: "Sometimes it's fun to just go wild and rape 100 girls."
The conversation continued with: "Rape the whole flat to teach them all (a) lesson."
Another message read: "What do we do with girls? RAAAAAAAAAPE."
At one point, a user wrote: "Rape her in the street while everybody watches," with another responding it "wouldn't even be unfair".
Further remarks included: "love Hitler, hate n****s and jews and Corbyn."
The messages came to light after three formal complaints were made to the university, with dozens of screenshots of the alleged remarks provided as evidence.
Discussing racism, one user said: "Yeah racism is frowned upon at Warwick? F****** bull."
Others replied "EDL!" and "racism is class".
As a result of the disciplinary process three students have now left the university, or will be required to leave with immediate effect. One of those has been banned from the campus for life and the other two have been banned from campus for ten years.
Two students have been required to withdraw from the university for a year with immediate effect and have also received fines alongside a number of other disciplinary penalties. And three others have received a range of other disciplinary penalties, including fines and other actions
The case against one other student was found to be not proven by the university’s Major Disciplinary Committee and two of the originally accused students were exonerated at an early stage of the process.
A spokesman for University of Warwick said: "The University has concluded its investigation into two complaints about the alleged contents of a Facebook chat group involving a number of Warwick students.
"The allegations were extremely serious and concerned matters that have been found to be a significant breach of the university’s Dignity at Warwick Policy which states: 'We are committed to ensuring a working and learning environment in which all University members (staff and students) are treated fairly and with dignity and respect, and where bullying and harassment are not tolerated'.
"The complaints were received on April 25. An investigating officer was appointed within 24 hours of receipt those complaints and a formal investigation commenced immediately thereafter.
"The investigation has now concluded, as have the university’s disciplinary processes. This included the convening of a Major Disciplinary Committee made up of both staff and students.
"The university repeats its previous advice that any students or staff who have been affected by these events can obtain support and advice by contacting the University’s Wellbeing Support Services or the Students’ Union Advice Centre."
A member of the elite Russell Group, the university is ranked 11th in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018.