Initiation students regretful
STUDENTS involved in a ‘‘demeaning’’ Dunedin flat initiation party are said to be ‘‘horribly embarrassed’’ about what took place.
Hundreds of students filled the backyard of three flats on Thursday, where the antics included a participant being urinated on and having a wheelie bin of what appeared to be vomit poured over him.
Videos and pictures shared over Snapchat showed young people stripped to their underwear with the middle of their heads shaved and sculling drinks until they vomited.
The University of Otago is investigating, and the landlord of one of the flats said he’d had ‘‘a word’’ to several of his tenants who attended the event. Those involved were ‘‘horribly embarrassed’’ about what took place, he said.
They told them they tried to shut the initiation party down, but it ‘‘carried on when it shouldn’t have’’, he said.
The young men involved were ‘‘regular kids who’ve had a very bad day at the office’’.
Proctor Dave Scott has said initiations were not tolerated under the university’s code of conduct.
‘‘Some of the stuff is basically bullying, demeaning human beings.’’
If the offenders were identifed they could face exclusion from the university.
The scene after the Dunedin party.