Statement from Swansea University following conclusion of disciplinary proceedings involving Twitter posting student

The disciplinary proceedings involving the student who posted racist comments on Twitter have now been concluded. The University would not normally make public the outcome of any disciplinary proceedings, but in this case we are doing so with the agreement of the student.

The student concerned remains suspended for the remainder of this academic year and is not allowed to return to campus, but he will be given the opportunity to sit his final exams as an external candidate next year at another venue and, if successful, to graduate in absentia. He will remain excluded from the campus. Swansea University deplores racism and has policies in place to ensure equality for staff and students. We take the actions of this student very seriously, which is why he is no longer part of our campus community. We are mindful that he has been given a prison sentence, and therefore has already paid a price for his actions. He has expressed genuine remorse and we are satisfied that he understands that his behaviour was unacceptable, and damaging to the University. Given the sanctions he has already faced and the contrition he has shown, and that he is a final year student, we have taken the exceptional decision to allow him to sit his exams.