University student expelled over 'sexual misconduct' demands to return

Russell Group university student expelled over ‘sexual misconduct’ demands to be reinstated ‘because the alleged offence took place when he was studying abroad’, court hears

  • Student said incident in 2018 was a ‘private act between two consenting adults’
  • He wants the anonymous Russell Group university to act as if it never took place
  • University feared protests and potential downturn in admissions if readmitted

A student expelled from his university for ‘sexual misconduct’ is demanding to be reinstated because the alleged offence took place when he was studying abroad, the High Court has heard.

The anonymous Russell Group university told the court the undergraduate, known only as AB, wants it to act as if the incident never took place.

The student said in court documents that the incident with a female friend in 2018, when he was on a study scheme in Spain, was a ‘private act’ in his flat ‘between two consenting adults’.

A student expelled from his university for ‘sexual misconduct’ is demanding to be reinstated because the alleged offence took place when he was studying abroad, the High Court has heard (stock image)

But after the woman complained to the university, two disciplinary committees found him guilty of ‘serious sexual misconduct’ and expelled him.

The student, who claims he did not get a fair hearing, said he was not bound by university codes because his actions were ‘unrelated to a university activity’ and were in a private flat in Spain.

The university said the legal challenge had ‘no realistic prospect’ of success and should be stopped. It added it feared student protests and a potential downturn in admissions if he is readmitted (stock image)

The university said the legal challenge had ‘no realistic prospect’ of success and should be stopped. 

It added it feared student protests and a potential downturn in admissions if he is readmitted.

Deputy High Court Judge Margaret Obi reserved judgment in the case. 

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