Ini­ti­a­tion stu­dents re­gret­ful

Sunday News - - NEWS - JOELLE DALLY

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.

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