University of East Anglia - Indecent image controversy

April 10, 2008

A student who downloaded indecent images of children on to a computer in the university library has kept his job working on the student union's reception desk. The student, 26, who is studying for a masters in environmental science, was convicted of downloading the images this year. His co-workers at the union have circulated a petition calling for his dismissal. While his employment is a matter for the union, which declined to comment, a university spokesman said it took criminal activity by students extremely seriously. "If a student is prosecuted, we take into account the circumstances of the case and decide whether further disciplinary action is appropriate in addition to that imposed by the court. In this case, the disciplinary hearing has not yet taken place, so no decision has been made about continuation of studies."

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