Univer­sity clamps down on ‘trash­ing’ of stu­dents

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Camilla Turner ED­U­CA­TION EDITOR

OX­FORD Univer­sity is to try to put an end to the “in­con­sid­er­ate and en­ti­tled” tra­di­tion of “trash­ing”.

The prac­tice sees stu­dents spray each other with cham­pagne, con­fetti and foam to cel­e­brate fin­ish­ing their ex­ams in the sum­mer term. How­ever, in some ex­treme cases stu­dents can be doused in ketchup and other condi­ments while be­ing pelted with rot­ten eggs.

The univer­sity au­thor­i­ties have said they will tip off Thames Val­ley Po­lice if they dis­cover the locations of any “trash­ings”. A spokesman said: “Get­ting through ex­am­i­na­tions is a mile­stone, but we urge stu­dents to find ways to mark this which are far less dam­ag­ing, costly and – frankly – an­noy­ing to neigh­bours, the city coun­cil and fel­low univer­sity mem­bers.”

The univer­sity pays the city coun­cil £3,500 to cover the cost of clean­ing up the mess and can fine and dis­ci­pline of­fend­ers.

In an email to stu­dents, univer­sity proc­tors wrote: “There is no tra­di­tion of the abuse of food in ‘trash­ing’. The idea is a re­cent in­ven­tion and one which is par­tic­u­larly of­fen­sive in a city where there are many home­less and hun­gry peo­ple. Rot­ting food, vomit, bro­ken glass and other items caus­ing lit­ter are sim­ply not what any of us wants to see.”

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