Camilla Turner-The Telegraph-Wed, September 23, 2020, 1:06 PM EDT
A Durham University fresher who was member of a “lads” Whatsapp group where students discussed competing to have sex with the poorest girl has been expelled.
The student, who was due to start at the university next month, has had his place withdrawn following an investigation into the “utterly abhorrent” remarks.
An inquiry was launched after it emerged that prospective freshers allegedly planned to hold a competition to have sex with the poorest student they could find.
Screenshots from various online conversations, thought to involve teenagers who are due to start their studies this month, were shared on the Overheard at Durham Uni Facebook page.
One commented to the group: “Have I told you about the posh lads competing on f****** the poorest girl.”
Another wrote George Floyd, the black man who died during his arrest by white police officers in the US, “had it coming”.
In one of the conversations, freshers allegedly boasted that they will “shag a different girl every night”.
Some of the contents of the conversation were published online, which showed incoming students appearing to discuss how they intend to sniff the drug ketamine “off the first girl’s t**s that is keen”.
Following the university’s investigation which involved a lawyer and an ex-police officer, one student has had his place at Durham withdrawn.
Jeremy Cook, a pro-vice-chancellor at the university, said: “Recently Durham University was made aware of some utterly abhorrent comments on social media purported to have been posted by Durham students.
“As we said at the time, we condemn the content and behaviour demonstrated in these social media posts, which is entirely unacceptable and violates the values and behaviours that we uphold as a University community.”
He added: “As a result of this investigation, which was conducted under the University’s Admissions Policy, one male who was due to begin studying at Durham University next month has, in accordance with the terms of their offer, had their offer withdrawn.
“This was due to his behaviour falling short of the values we uphold, as reflected in our regulations.”
Mr Cook said two others were found not to have broken the rules and can start their studies, while others were investigated and were found not to have any association with the university.
The investigation also uncovered evidence of individuals “seemingly acting under pseudonyms, falsely claiming to be Durham University students and instigating social media conversations in order to fraudulently sell tickets for non-existent student events, including during Induction Week”.
Mr Cook said they reported their findings to the police, and that investigations were continuing into other comments.