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Group chat – update and further information

On this page, you will find previous updates on the University's response to the Facebook group chat case.
You will also find links to messages that were shared by the University on this matter, plus a previous set of questions and answers, and details of support and advice have been made available to members of the University community.

Latest developments 10th July 2019

We are improving how we handle student disciplinary and appeals processes following recommendations from an independent external review.

You can read the review in full, along with our guiding principles, and our vision and action plan that will address all the issues that have been raised.

See the Independent External Review and our latest press release.

The University has undertaken three important strands of activity.

  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

Tuesday 28 May 2019

BBC documentary - a response 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

Questions and answers

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