University expels law students over racism allegations

A number of law students have been expelled from one of the UK's top universities over allegations of racism.

The University of Exeter launched an internal investigation in March after comments from Bracton law society's WhatsApp group were shared on social media.

It said that its inquiry had resulted in "expulsions, suspensions and other significant sanctions" but the students in question had the right to appeal.

Student Arsalan Motavali, who first revealed the Whatsapp messages, welcomed the university's decision.

"Expulsions and suspensions for them all. Can't thank everybody who showed support enough, you're the best," he wrote on Twitter.

In a statement, the university said: "Following reports of allegations involving a small group of students, the university launched a major investigation, in conjunction with the Students' Guild.

"This investigation has now concluded and the outcomes have included expulsions, suspensions and other significant sanctions. These outcomes are subject to appeal.

"Exeter does not tolerate any form of racist, sexist or bigoted behaviour and is committed to eradicating any instances of discrimination and harassment that may arise.

"These sanctions demonstrate our absolute commitment to take serious action against those whose behaviour is fundamentally at odds with our commitment to inclusivity, tolerance and respect.

"The university has established a new Provost Commission which has a broad remit to recommend and implement new approaches, initiatives, programmes and policies which will ensure we work continually towards an open, diverse and safe university community for all our students, staff and visitors, under the banner of We are all Exeter.

"It will seek to eradicate racism and all forms of harassment and discrimination from our campuses."