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Group chat – update and further information

On this page, you will find the latest updates on the University's ongoing response to the recent Facebook group chat case.

You will also find links to messages shared by the University on this matter, plus questions and answers, and details of support and advice available to members of the University community.

Latest developments

BBC documentary - a response from the University

Read a response from the University's Vice-Chancellor to the issues raised in a BBC programme on the case.

Tuesday 28 May 2019

We want to apologise for any part we played in causing distress to members of our community. Sexual misconduct or harassment of any kind is completely unacceptable and we are committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the Warwick community.

Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor

There are three important strands of activity the University is undertaking:

  1. A reiteration of our commitment to providing dedicated support for staff and students who have been affected by the group chat incident, as well as meeting the wellbeing needs of all the Warwick community;
  2. An external, independent review into our student disciplinary and appeals process;
  3. A consultation within the University on how we can translate our values of openness, diversity, respect and trust into a statement of what is and is not acceptable behaviour and, also, how we can encourage those positive behaviours.
Previous messages from the University

Friday 24 May 2019

Message from VC to University of Warwick community on the forthcoming BBC programme.

Tuesday 21 May 2019

Update on progress of disciplinary process and values reviews

Tuesday 2 April 2019

Update on the Independent review of student disciplinary process and Joint Council and Senate Advisory Group review of values

Wednesday 13 February 2019

Update on next steps from Rachel Sandby-Thomas, Registrar.

Wednesday 6 February 2019

Message from our Chair of Council on the case and reviews of disciplinary process and values to be undertaken. 

Friday 1 February 2019

Open letter from Vice-Chancellor Stuart Croft on group chat.

Thursday 31 January 2019

Statement by University of Warwick Provost Professor Christine Ennew.

Additional Wellbeing Support Services

We are making additional, specific wellbeing resource available for all those affected by the recent events who would like support. This support is free, confidential, and open to all students and staff. Provision includes an independent psychologist who will hold sessions with individuals who would prefer to speak to a clinician external to the University.

You can find out more about the Wellbeing support available on their webpages

Review of student disciplinary process and values

Share your feedback online

Drop in sessions took place in April to provide an additional opportunity to give your feedback.

Questions and answers

Questions and answers to a number of aspects to the group chat case and the University’s response to this.