Exeter student, Elina Desaine, who won the title of Britain’s Horniest Student last month, is facing disciplinary action from the University as sources reveal that her original entry into the competition was entirely fabricated.
Sources close to Ms Desaine have confirmed to Exeposé that her initial entry into the online competition was a fake post, written as a joke entry into the contest. However, Ms Desaine is facing a major disciplinary from the University on the grounds that her actions “may cause reputational damage to the University”.
Possible sanctions from a major disciplinary hearing include permanent exclusion from the University, a fine not exceeding £500, community service or the signing of a behavioural contract. Student disciplinaries for non-academic misconduct are categorised into minor or major cases.
This is the first major non-academic disciplinary on the grounds of bringing the University’s reputation into disrepute to take place in over a year. Just six major non-academic disciplinaries took place last year, none on the grounds of damaging the University’s reputation, despite a number of controversies surrounding Exeter appearing in the national press, including those over the Safer Sex Ball.
In a major disciplinary case, the student accused of the alleged offence must face a Disciplinary Board, composed of the Deputy Director of Academic Services and Head of Student Services, a second senior University manager and an officer of the Students’ Guild. In cases regarding alleged reputational damage, an additional person, independent of the University, will sit on the Board to ensure impartiality is upheld.
Ms Desaine’s initial entry into the Britain’s Horniest Student 2013 competition, run by ShagAtUni.com, was a complete fabrication that included a false claim of inappropriately using University facilities.
When asked for comment by Exeposé, a University spokesperson said: “It is not our policy to disclose information on disciplinary matters concerning the University and individual students – we respect our students’ rights to confidentiality and privacy.
A spokesperson for the Students’ Guild told Exeposé: “The University’s disciplinary procedure is, quite rightly, confidential. Any student undergoing a disciplinary or experiencing any difficulties while at university can seek support from the Students’ Guild’s Advice Unit.”
Meg Drewett, Editor