More than 50 students have been banned from representing the University of Surrey in sport after an investigation into sexual harassment.
The accusations arose in the aftermath of an alcohol-fuelled “tour” to Porec in Croatia, where students from across the UK took part in sporting events and partied to celebrate the end of the academic year.
SurreyLive understands the police have not been involved in the investigation, but 52 members of the football society who attended the trip are now banned from representing the Guildford university.
Of them three were subjected to university disciplinary proceedings.
As a result, one student was expelled for three counts of sexual misconduct or harassment and one count of aggressive behaviour.
Another was issued a final written warning, banned from university premises at certain times and required to issue an apology.
A third was prohibited from attending organised social events, issued a final written warning and required to issue an apology.
A university spokesman said: “We are deeply saddened by the actions of these students, who used unacceptable language and behaviour and who have shown little consideration for their fellow students.
“We have taken robust action against them and will continue to do so to protect the safety and wellbeing of our wider student and staff community. We are supporting the students who were affected directly and we fully endorse the Students’ Union in the action it has taken to address the issues within the football society.”
The tour was operated by I Love Tour, a Sussex-based travel company specialising in student sport and ski trips to European destinations including Italy, Prague and Barcelona.
The students’ union and university football team refused to comment.
Surrey freshers’ week is under way, with incoming students set to sign up and trial at the end of this week.
Joining a university team often involves alcohol-related fresher initiations, but the student union, which the club is a part of, declined to give any words of comfort to new students.