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Students expelled from Warwick University over online rape threats

Three students have been banned from Warwick University's campus over the social media comments. Credit: ITV News Central

Warwick University has expelled three students and banned them from campus grounds after they threatened to rape their classmates in an online group chat.

Screenshots of Facebook discussion revealed that one person 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."

One user wrote: "Rape her in the street while everybody watches," with another responding it "wouldn't even be unfair".

Another chat participant, using a racial slur, then said: "Even the p**is?"

Further remarks included: "love Hitler, hate n****s and jews and Corbyn."

The comments came to light after a complaint was made to the university of April 25th.

The university suspended 11 students while carrying out an investigation into the complaint.

Three of those students have been expelled from the university. One has been banned from the campus for life, the other two have been banned for ten years.

Two other have been have been suspended from the university for a year and have been fined.

Three more students have received "a range of other disciplinary penalties, including fines and other actions".

The case against one student was found to be not proven, and two were exonerated at an early stage of the process.

A statement released by the university 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”.

– Statement, University of Warwick