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Holocaust party students fined

Published: 8:53PM Friday October 09, 2009 Source: NZPA

Lincoln University near Christchurch has reprimanded 15 students who dressed as Nazis and concentration camp inmates for a party, with penalties including visiting a Holocaust Museum and paying a $200 fine.

The university disciplinary committee met on Friday to consider the conduct of the students, who pleaded guilty to the charge of bringing discredit on the university.

The committee ruled the students had to:

- Visit the Holocaust Museum in Wellington and possibly the German Embassy at their own expense

Pay a fine of $200

- Submit a 2000 word essay on a topic determined by the chair of the committee

-Two students who wore the most offensive T-shirts also had to complete 150 hours of community service for the university.

Until the essay was assessed as being of an acceptable standard, the students would not be able to receive their semester two results, or register for study for the first semester in 2010.

The students' conduct was totally offensive, Vice Chancellor Professor Roger Field said in a statement on Friday night.

The penalties would expose the students to the horrors of the Holocaust and enable them to reflect on their inappropriate behaviour, he said.

The students attended a party at a campus cafe on September 18, run by a halls of residence as part of Oktoberfest celebrations.

Their costumes featured slogans such as "Sieg Heil!" and "Hitler's my boi" and one guest was seen wearing a white top decorated with swastikas.

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  • nurburgring said on 2009-10-10 @ 09:35 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Im an Indian student here in Christchurch and I welcome anyone who wishes to throw a racial or ethnic slur towards me. We have racial slurs in our native languages and Ill probably use one on you. So what if Im bloody offended by what you say. The freedom of speech must and should include the right to "hate" speech. Only then can we know who the real culprits are and be able to ridicule their ideas and prejudices and shame them into changing their minds.

  • NoEliteNation said on 2009-09-22 @ 19:09 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Those panks have to study the HISTORY. Can't do? May be these will help and

  • mouthguard said on 2009-09-21 @ 13:29 NZDT: Report abusive post

    The last bastion of political correctness! We live in a country that would not grant a PhD graduate a visa to visit here and speak, because he believed the numbers quoted for the holocaust were not accurate. He was labelled a 'holocaust denier' and banned from our country. He was censored, ironically a feature of the Nazi regime. In this country this sort of behaviour will always be condemned, regardless of intent.

  • fredreeka said on 2009-09-21 @ 13:20 NZDT: Report abusive post

    I can't believe how out of proportion this has been blown. I myself was at the party, and the idea of the party was to experience a glimpse into German culture. For the media to say it was a "pro-nazi" party is ridiculous. We had specifically been told not to wear inappropriate dress, and only a handful of students decided to ignore this. It would not be on the news had one or two people not gone to the media, as it was a well controlled and overall excellent night enjoyed by most who attended.

  • toddp said on 2009-09-21 @ 13:20 NZDT: Report abusive post

    I wore a swastica on my freshly shaven head for the melenium party. It wasn't appreciated then either!