You speak out af­ter stu­dents banned

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By BEN EC­CLE­STON News Re­porter news@reach­

READ­ERS have backed the Univer­sity of War­wick af­ter it banned three stu­dents from cam­pus af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a group chat that talked of rap­ing fel­low stu­dents.

The stu­dents re­spon­si­ble for the Face­book group chat have also been rightly crit­i­cised af­ter one was banned for life from go­ing to the Univer­sity of War­wick, and two oth­ers for ten years.

A to­tal of 11 stu­dents were orig­i­nally part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion with univer­sity bosses even­tu­ally tak­ing ac­tion against eight.

As well as dis­cussing rap­ing women, those in­volved in the group chat also used racial and an­ti­semitic slurs.

Read­ers have been re­act­ing to the news on Face­book, Twit­ter and on our web­site - be­low is a se­lec­tion of what you’ve had to say:

- My son will start at War­wick Uni in Sept. Not good pub­lic­ity for such good Univer­sity. Dis­gust­ing.

- The Univer­sity’s re­sponse makes them look like they won’t ac­cept be­hav­iour such as this, which is a good thing.

- These are sup­posed to be the elite! The fu­ture of our coun­try. Shock­ing is an un­der­state­ment.

- What a waste of stu­dent loan. Glad they were re­moved..this city doesn’t need the likes of those. Dis­cust­ing (sic) com­ments. Hope­fully they learnt a very tough les­son at the uni !!!! Prob­a­bly not rav­ing about rape now!! Stupid ppl (sic).

- Good! It’s not ex­actly a joke pro­mot­ing ‘rape.’ Their chat held a hor­ri­ble mes­sage that it is okay to treat girls in such a misog­y­nis­tic way, maybe this has taught them a les­son.

- Ado­les­cent geeks with­out the first idea of good taste, par­tic­u­larly af­ter a few drinks. I don’t think these guys had any in­ten­tion of car­ry­ing out any of their stupid com­ments, but for so-called high level stu­dents they should have known bet­ter. If they didn’t, they do now. Prob­a­bly cost them­selves and their par­ents thou­sands of pounds in the process.

- The Univer­sity have done the right thing, it is un­ac­cept­able for any post­ing to ad­vo­cate rape against any per­son whether male or fe­male. There is no room in so­ci­ety for this.

If you have been af­fected by this story then con­tact Safe­line on 01926 402498 or email of­fice@safe­ uk, or al­ter­na­tively con­tact the Coven­try Rape & Sex­ual Abuse Cen­tre (CRASAC) on 024 7627 7777, email or text 07936 816130.

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