WesternU student suspended, banned from campus after hack and racist tweet

February 13, 2015

Western University was the victim of a hack into one of its Twitter accounts on Tuesday that resulted in a racist message being shared on social media. It is believed that a user accessed a computer in the Western Student Recreation Centre weight room. Police later interviewed a student who was subsequently removed from residence and banned from campus for one week. The accused student will also face a hearing and may be subject to further disciplinary actions including suspension and possible expulsion. In the wake of the incident, WesternU reaffirmed its zero-tolerance stance against racial slurs. "This isn't tolerated. Period. There is no place for racism at Western. This goes against our values, as well as our student code of conduct," said acting AVP (Student Experience) Angie Mandich. WesternU's student leaders also denounced the message and administrators commended those who quickly spoke out against the tweet. WesternU News | CTV