Warwick University students who discussed raping women in Facebook group are fined as little as £100 and able to continue their studies
- Scandal erupted at Warwick University over male students' sick Facebook group
- Some of the group have since been banned while others plan to return
- It emerged today that the group were given fines of as little as £100
A group of Warwick University students who discussed raping women in a Facebook group where racist comments were also posted have got off with fines for as little as £100.
A total of 11 students were originally suspended after sickening messages about 'raping 100 girls' and having 'surprise sex' with freshers were published by the student newspaper The Boar last year.
Since then, one student has been given a lifetime ban, four others one-year bans while at least four others have controversially been allowed to return to their studies. Another was cleared of involvement.
It today emerged that the group have been given fines of between £100 and £120 each, totalling £1,150.
A group of Warwick students faced disciplinary action after exchanging sick messages about raping women on a Facebook group chat
Fellow students have been left upset by the apparent lack of action against some of the group.
Sheena Campbell said: 'The comments made by these men weren't "banter", they were hate speech and they should not be allowed back on campus, least of all while their victims are still studying.
'This decision normalises behaviour which should be condemned in the strongest terms.'
Another Twitter user wrote: 'As a proud Warwick student that promotes the university at every opportunity, this makes me take a step back! #shameonyouwarwick.'
The University now has commissioned an independent report following the scandal to overhaul how they handle similar incidents.
A Warwick University spokesman said: 'Fines are set by either a Major Disciplinary Processor or Minor Disciplinary Process depending on the extent of disciplinary breaches committed.
'Those found to have committed minor breaches receive fines set by that process, whilst those who committed major breaches receive fines set by a Disciplinary Panel, which include Student Union Sabbatical Officers.'
The messages outraged many at the university, with some upset at the lack of real punishment
In a statement, Ben Newsham, Warwick's SU president, said: 'We have worked closely with the University to hold them to account as they reform their disciplinary processes, and this year the sabbatical officers made it one of our top team priorities.
'This work has led to the implementation of a new sexual misconduct policy, specialist training for all potential disciplinary panel members, and the introduction of a new Report and Support system.
'We will continue to work with the university to ensure the recommendations of Dr Sharon Persaud's review are fully implemented, and to ensure that all other forms of misconduct are dealt with appropriately.'
History and modern languages student Nicole was among those who complained. She later appeared on a TV documentary about the scandal
The scandal was the subject of a BBC3 documentary, in which a woman who said she was threatened with rape was interogated by an investigating officer.
History student Anna said: 'We were told straight away that our stories didn't line up... I was very scared, I remember coming out of that meeting crying.
'He went through it one by one and asked me if I had any sexual relations with any of them. He made me go through every single page and he asked me, "How did that make you feel?", and the things that he was talking me through and asking me to repeat were very, very, very violent rape threats against me and my friends.'
Warwick has since announced a 'five-point action plan' to improve the complaints and investigation procedure for any similar events in future.