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'Racist' law society disbanded by University at Exeter

PICTURED: University of Exeter

A UNIVERSITY law society has been disbanded after a screenshot of “racist” messages were made public in Mach.

The racist comments were discovered in an Exeter students’ WhatsApp group, and sparked outrage resulting in a major review into racism at the university.

According to BBC, an internal investigation found Bracton Law Society's conduct "fell short of the standards and values of the university and the students' guild".

The society, would be replaced by a "new, distinct law society", the university said.

A spokesman for the University of Exeter said to the BBC: "After an incident involving students from the Bracton Law Society earlier this year, the university launched a major investigation that determined individual sanctions on those involved. This included expulsions, suspensions, and other significant penalties."

Lily Hayes, current president of the Bracton Law Society, said she was "incredibly proud" of the society's efforts to improve diversity and make "all law students feel welcome" in the wake of the scandal.

"Whilst this isn't the end, at this point I would like to thank, on behalf of this year's committee, all of our members who have supported us this term. We will be looking to the future and are determined to support all those continuing in their legal careers both within the BLS and the new law society that will emerge."

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