Oxford University tips off police in attempt to end the inconsiderate and
Oxford University said that it provides security personnel to be stationed outside examination halls when students finish their exams, and pays the city council £3,500 to cover the cost of cleaning up the mess. Following the incident, the university proctors wrote to heads of all colleges, urging them to discourage “the increasingly unpleasant, unruly and aggressive behaviour of students, typically groups of young men, after exams”. In a separate email to students, the proctors wrote: “There is no tradition of the abuse of food in ‘trashing’. The very idea is a recent invention and one which is particularly offensive in a city where there are many homeless and hungry people.“In previous years some members of the public have been injured by slipping on flour wet from champagne and eggs. “Rotting food, vomit, broken glass and other items causing litter are simply not what any of us wants to see. They are a disgrace and potentially dangerous.” The practise of “trashing” is officially banned by the university, and can lead to fines and disciplinary action Credit:David Hartley Oxford University has called in the police in an attempt to end the “inconsiderate and entitled” tradition of “trashing”.The practise sees students spray each other with champagne, confetti and foam to celebrate finishing their exams in the summer term. In some of the more extreme cases, students can be doused in ketchup, brown sauce and other condiments, while having rotten food and eggs pelted at them.In an attempt to clamp down on the practise, the university authorities have revealed that they are now tipping off Thames Valley Police about the expected locations of the “trashings”.A spokesman for the university said: “Getting through examinations is a milestone but we urge our students to find ways to mark this which are far less damaging, costly and – frankly – annoying to community neighbours, the City Council and fellow members of the University. “Thoughtless actions and inconsiderate, entitled behaviour passed off as ‘trashing’ can damage Oxford students in the minds of the community and the wider public.” Oxford University has called in the police in an attempt to end the “inconsiderate and entitled” tradition Credit: David Hartley The practise is officially banned by the university, and can lead to fines and disciplinary action.In 2012, the university launched an investigation after two officials were left with bruised ribs and a black eye when a “trashing” got out of hand. Two officials were bruised so badly that one could not use his swollen hand and the other was sent home from work. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.