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HKU students involved in indecent viral video suspended from halls of residence

The 19-second clip showed a man wearing a maroon hoodie using his genitals to hit the back of another man’s head

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 April, 2017, 9:44pm
UPDATED : Friday, 07 April, 2017, 1:49am

Students who were involved in an ­indecent video that went viral have been suspended from their residential hall until an investigation is complete.

Simon KY Lee Hall, a dorm at the University of Hong Kong, confirmed in a statement that the students who were current residents were involved in “inappropriate conduct” as depicted in a video that went viral on Wednesday.

The statement came as the ­police stepped in, saying they were looking into the incident as they received a report on the case from two people through an ­online reporting room.

The 19-second clip showed a man, wearing a maroon hoodie with the words “Chemistry” and “HKU” printed on it, using his genitals to hit the back of another man’s head.

The victim was pinned on a bed by two others, while another person filmed the incident.

“Upon discovery of the incident, the warden, hall tutors and the Executive Committee immediately conducted an investigation with the hallmates involved. It confirmed that the relevant conduct raised no concern about bullying,” the statement from the hall’s student association executive committee said.

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In response to a Post inquiry, a committee representative had no further explanation or clarification of why the incident was not regarded as bullying.

The case was handed over to the university for an investigation.

The association called it a “one-off incident” that had “no association whatsoever” with hall culture and education.

It would be difficult for us to enter the school campus to collect evidence
Police source

Students and alumni from 13 dorms at the century-old university consider hall education a key component of university life outside of academic learning.

HKU has set up a committee, which will be chaired by a university vice-president, to look into the incident.

A police spokesman said that two people made reports on Thursday after seeing a clip online and suspected a student had been inappropriately treated. The Western district crime squad have been investigating but no arrests were made.

A source close to the matter said the district crime squad had admitted ­difficulties in the probe.

“We have to figure out who reported the case – the victim, witnesses or just netizens,” the source said. “The university so far did not report the case. It would be difficult for us to enter the school campus to collect evidence.”

Simon K Y Lee Hall, founded in 1985, is home to 304 students on the Pok Fu Lam campus.

Concern group Education Convergence comprising of principals and teachers said in a statement it was “obvious” the incident showed signs of “serious abuse”.

Additional reporting by Christy Leung