Charles Sturt University (CSU) has concluded its investigation and issued misconduct penalties under its Student General Misconduct Rule to a number of the students involved in the incident in which racist images were posted on social media from a student party in Wagga Wagga on 14 June.
The University has handed down penalties ranging from exclusion to suspension including a requirement to complete the University’s Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities subject as well as engage with Indigenous and Jewish communities.
CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said, “These images resulted in global outrage and contact to the University from individuals around the globe. On a local level, it deeply offended our Indigenous and Jewish communities.
“Individuals, community groups, fellow students and those involved will all have differing opinions on the penalties. As a University we will not tolerate or condone this behaviour, we will however work with students during their suspension to further educate them on the cultural impact of their actions,” Professor Vann said.
“All students involved in the incident have shown remorse for their actions and been offered ongoing counselling and support.
“CSU has a strong stance against racism as outlined in our Anti-Racism Policy. I am satisfied that the outcomes of our investigation reflect this view,” Professor Vann said.
The University will not be commenting further on the penalties or misconduct process applied to these students due to privacy considerations and the requirements of the CSU Student General Misconduct Rule.