Universities Fine Students Over £6000 For Anti-Social Behaviour
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Two universities in Northern Ireland have collected over £6000 after fining students for anti-social behaviour.
Queen’s University (QUB) and Ulster University (UU) have fined 58 students in Belfast's Holyland area since the start of the 2018 academic year, reports the BBC.
QUB has fined 33 students a total of £4,900 since August 1st 2018 and UU has issued fines to 25 students, collecting £1,400 from 17 fined in the 2018/19 academic year.
The fines collected by the universities are used to fund alcohol education courses for students as well as various community and charity events.
Since August 1st 2018, over 200 students in the Holyland have been issued with written warnings about their conduct, following numerous complaints from local residents about anti-social behaviour and multiple occupancy homes.
QUB said 168 cases involving students of theirs living in the Holyland area were seen by the university's disciplinary officers in the 2018-19 academic year, and as a result 113 individual students were issued with written warnings while 33 received fines.
In the 2019-20 academic year, they said 100 cases involving Queen's students living in the Holyland area had come before their disciplinary officers up to October 11th 2019.
UU said it had issued 64 written warnings to students living in the Holyland about their conduct in 2018-19 and 47 so far in the 2019-20 academic year, up to November 7th 2019.
As well as issuing 25 fines since August 1st 2018, UU also suspended two students for anti-social behaviour in 2018/19 and a further one so far in the current academic year.
QUB said it had a dedicated team working with students and the community in the area on an ongoing basis throughout the year and that it will ‘fully investigate’ any reports of anti-social behaviour.
According to a statement QUB said: “A strict off-campus disciplinary code is in place, and if any Queen's student is found to have brought the university into disrepute, they are subject to the full rigours of this code."
Prof Duncan Morrow, UU's director of community engagement, said: "Ulster University has robust disciplinary procedures in place to deal with any incidences of anti-social behaviour.
"Our community relations team continues to work with the PSNI, Belfast City Council and local residents to respond to any complaints.
"If appropriate and sufficient evidence is provided, the university will respond appropriately, ranging from providing advice, instruction, cautions and fines to academic suspension or expulsion."
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