Durham University investigates messages from 'posh lads' discussing 'competition to sleep with poorest girl on campus'

DURHAM University has launched an investigation after “posh lad” students sent vile messages discussing a competition to sleep with the “poorest girl” on campus.

Disgusting texts were also sent about drug use and jokes about sexual assault ahead of freshers’ week on September 28.

The group called themselves 'Durham Boys Making All The Noise' with one of their chats said to have around 60 members.

But they were exposed after students leaked messages onto the 'Overheard at Durham Uni' Facebook forum.

University bosses have since slammed the chat as "entirely unacceptable" and vowed to kick out those responsible.


The lads group chat included a string of sexist and offensives messages – including jokes about rape, the Tab reports.

One member jokes: “I did buttering for a bit and sexual assault comes with the job.”

Another wrote: 'Yh n aren't Durham dead on it w sexism n all that since that lad from durham was accused of rape a few years ago'.

In one discussion, a person wrote: "So many people get accused of rape. I'm always worried about it after."

Another said: "I know maybe 15 girls who say they've been raped and not one taken to court. Or a police report.

"And women will always believe women mostly."


The members also reminded each other to keep their messages private and instructed: “First rule about boys club… You don't talk about boys club'.

It was followed by “Who tf leaks a lads chat fr" and 'I'm not a snitch so I'm not about to rat you out from the other group convo”.

Another message states: “But keep out of it like, everything we say should be taken with a pinch of salt, that's what epitomises a lad or boy”.

The member also refer to “10 lads who got fined and excluded from uni… For making sexist jokes”.

A responding post quips: “Time to go all Gestapo on this chat then ey”.

The messages have caused uproar with female students at Durham with some fearing for their safety.

One horrified student wrote to the University: "I hope you're aware that there's a freshers 'lads' group chat with loads of boys discussing ways to use date rape drugs on girls, discussing them like objects and making plans to 'shag the poorest girl'. Disgusting.

"Show us how much you condemn this behaviour with your actions. Show us how much you care about the safety of your students. Will you allow them on campus with their quite clear intent?"


Screenshots of the messages have since circulated online with some students and their parents concerned about the safety of women joining Durham this month.

One woman, who claimed to be a mother, wrote: "This is just awful behaviour and as a mother, it scares me to death that boys who are only 18 are capable of being so disgusting towards women."

In response, Durham University said they were aware of "utterly abhorrent comments" which violate the values the university community uphold.

We will take action to ensure that those involved will have no place at Durham University.

The university launched an immediate investigation and urged anyone affected by the messages to contact welfare support.

Jeremy Cook, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience), said: "The University has been made aware of some utterly abhorrent comments on social media that we understand may have been posted by Durham students.

"Durham University utterly condemns the content and behaviour demonstrated in these social media posts. This is entirely unacceptable and violates the values and behaviours that we uphold as a University community.

"We instigated an immediate investigation by our student disciplinary team as soon as we were made aware of these social media posts. If these posts are found to be genuine and attributable, we will take action to ensure that those involved will have no place at Durham University.

"Any of our students who have been affected by this social media activity are advised to contact welfare support or their colleges who will be able to offer them help and support.

"Our students are regularly reminded to display positive and collegial conduct, and exercise responsibility and respect for others, particularly through their social media interactions."

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