Charles Sturt Uni KKK, Nazi Partiers Suspended After Racist Outrage
"These images resulted in global outrage and contact to the University from individuals around the globe", Charles Sturt University said
University students who dressed as Ku Klux Klan members, Nazis, imprisoned Jews and in blackface for a "politically incorrect" party have been punished with suspension and counselling sessions.
The students, from Charles Sturt University at Bathurst, came to international notoriety in June after photos from the party at a Wagga Wagga pub came to light.
Images posted on social media showed five people dressed in white KKK hoods and robes, one man painted black and carrying a bowl of cotton balls, three men wearing striped pajamas with the Star of David -- similar to uniforms worn by Jews in Nazi concentration camps -- and another man in Nazi uniform and swastika. They were dressed for a "politically incorrect" party.
"So grab a kit that would legally get you in shit and hook right in", read a description of the party in a Facebook event listing.
The photos first came to prominence after an Indigenous man and former high school classmate of some of those involved posted screenshots to Facebook, according to Welcome To Country.
"I went to school with these so-called university educated losers," he wrote. "Even the former school captain of [their high school] has 'loved' reacted to this. They need kicking out of university. Is this what they teach them out there?"
Following the backlash, CSU began an investigation. On Monday, the university advised punishments had been dealt to those involved.
"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," Charles Sturt University said in a statement.
CSU's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Vann, said the university did not condone the conduct of the students.
"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," he said.
"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."
Vann said those involved "have shown remorse for their actions" and have been offered counselling and other 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,” he said.