Swansea University has released a statement following the conclusion of disciplinary proceedings involving Twitter posting student Liam Stacey.
Although the University would not usually make the outcome of any disciplinary proceedings public, they are doing so with the agreement of the student.
Mr Stacey will remain suspended for the remainder of this academic year and will not be permitted to return to campus, but has been 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.”
Liam Stacey was jailed for 56 days and served a half-sentence for posting racially offensive comments on social networking site Twitter after footballer Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the field in March. A programme on BBC One featuring Mr Stacey is due to air tonight, which details how Stacey’s self-admitted “drunken stupidity” resulted in his becoming a national hate figure.