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British students pay 550.000 pounds in fines

According to The Guardian British students have paid 550.000 pounds (639.000 euros) in fines for things like drinking, smoking and keeping chickens.

Freedom of information requests from the Guardian have shown students were fined a total of £551,237.30 for offences such as smoking, drunkenness, and unauthorised parties in the last academic year.

Hitting a member of staff
The results revealed a number of peculiarities in the amounts fined for each offence. At Brunel University, while ‘assisting students with online tests for money’ landed one student with a £250 fine, another was fined £50 for ‘hitting a member of staff’.

A student at Kent University was fined £50 for ‘insulting or violent behaviour including or involving racial, sexual or other abuse, harassment or threat of violence’ – the same amount that many were charged for smoking offences.

Stealing bread
Other offences that resulted in disciplinary action at universities included keeping chickens, leaving food on a window ledge, stealing loaves of bread and being prepared for a post-examination ‘trashing’ of another student. Warwick University issued fines totalling £350 last year to students who were ‘drunk’, with no further reason given.

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