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.