Students fined for chicken, sex and more at Oxford University

May 27 2011, 15:48 IST
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SummaryAn undergraduate student at Oxford University has been reprimanded for keeping chickens in her accommodation, while another was fined 80 pounds for storing a hay bale in her room, a media report said.

An undergraduate student at Oxford University has been reprimanded for keeping chickens in her accommodation, while another was fined 80 pounds for storing a hay bale in her room, a media report said.

Others have been punished for throwing eggs, trashing rooms and even keeping their neighbours awake with their antics between the sheets, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Exasperated deans dish out fines of around 30,000 pounds every year for bad behaviour as well as hundreds of hours in community service penalties -- fines range from 62 pounds for library charges up to 300 pounds for vandalism and persistent noise pollution, the 'Daily Mail' reported.

The students paying the heaviest penalties are those living at the elite St Edmund Hall college which collected 2,500 pounds in fines, according to the figures.

The documents reveal that one Oxford student received a warning after they kept fellow undergraduates awake by having "really loud sex", while two male undergraduates were made to complete ten hours of community service when they were caught "throwing eggs in residence".

An offence described as "misuse of the car park" carried 20 hours of community service which included cleaning the college grounds, and a student found guilty of "an illegal party, excessive noise and smoking" in his room was given a five-day community sentence.

One student, who has been repeatedly fined 100 pounds for misbehaviour, told student paper 'Cherwell': "The financial punishments are unfair and extreme."

But Professor Robert Whittaker, dean of St Edmund Hall, said: "Fines go towards the costs incurred as a result of the action that resulted in the fine and towards welfare."

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