Uni students get final warning over rowdy behaviour

062357_60UNIVERSITY_SR_30/5/06'The University of Portsmouth building on the corner of Anglesey Road.''PICTURE:STEVE REID(062357-60)
062357_60UNIVERSITY_SR_30/5/06'The University of Portsmouth building on the corner of Anglesey Road.''PICTURE:STEVE REID(062357-60)
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FOUR University of Portsmouth students have been threatened with suspension and four more are on final warnings after the city experienced the ‘worst-ever’ start to the new academic year for anti-social behaviour.

The vice-chancellor of the university, John Craven, has cracked down on misbehaving students who have been blamed for a recent spike in vandalism and noise in the early hours of the morning.

The News reported last month of a surge of complaints to Hampshire police, including the uprooting of a tree, students urinating and vomiting in streets and ripping off car windscreen wipers on their way home from nights out at the beginning of the new term.

In an email to all of the university’s 23,000 students this week, Professor Craven said: ‘The complaints and behaviour are continuing and we are having to take action.

‘As vice-chancellor, I have recently seen four students who are now quite clear that they will be suspended from the university, which means that they will not be able to attend classes, use the library or any other university facilities if there are any further complaints about them.

‘Those students face disciplinary hearings later this month.

‘Four other students have faced disciplinary hearings and have received final warnings.’

Several students who have been reported to the university in relation to anti-social behaviour have been sent warning letters, he said.

Prof Craven added: ‘We will not hesitate to bring them before disciplinary hearings if their names are reported again.

‘We understand that the police also have names of students found to be behaving in anti-social ways, and they may take action, leading potentially to a criminal conviction.’

The tough message comes after police sources told The News the start of the new academic year has been the worst ever for bad behaviour by students in Portsmouth.

Prof Craven told students it harms the university’s reputation. He said: ‘We realise that only a small minority are involved in this sort of behaviour, but the reputation of all students, and of the university itself, is damaged by their actions.

‘We urge you to be considerate both where you live and as you move across the city.’