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A student suffered serious injuries when a chunk of their ear was bitten off in an altercation at a University of Sydney college bar late last month.
The 20-year-old St Paul’s College student was assaulted at a St Andrew’s College student bar on Parramatta Rd in Camperdown about 10.30pm on October 29.
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The student was then taken in a stable condition to the nearby Royal Prince Alfred Hospital by security officers.
NSW Police is investigating the incident.
Footage circulating of the incident shows a number of people involved in the altercation.
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A St Paul’s College spokesperson confirmed a “student was recently injured in an incident at St Andrew’s College”.
“St Paul’s has been providing extensive pastoral and academic support for the student, who is now happy to be out of hospital and back at St Paul’s College.”
A student suffered serious injuries to their ear in an altercation at a St Andrew’s College’s bar late last month. Credit: Facebook
A spokesperson for St Andrew’s College maintained the college “is one of the safest venues for young adults in Sydney to live, socialise, study and interact”.
“St Andrew’s holds about 20 major social events a year, involving 300 or more attendees at each,” the spokesperson said.
“That means that in the last 10 years, we have held about 200 major events, involving about 60,000 people.
“In that time, no incident like this has ever occurred before.
“This compares to almost nightly violent assaults at many of Sydney’s pubs, bars, clubs and nightclubs where young adults typically congregate.”
The spokesperson person said the college had “rigorous” training for residents, including a code of conduct and policies on alcohol, smoking, medications and other drugs, respectful relationships, sexual misconduct and diversity and inclusion.
A University of Sydney spokesperson told 7NEWS.com.au they “are very concerned by the alleged incident”.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy to any form of violence, including intimidating, abusive or aggressive behaviour.
“The residential colleges affiliated with the University are independent institutions with autonomous governing bodies, and operate independently of the University.
“The welfare of all our students is our first priority, and we have been in touch with some of the students involved to offer support if required.”
‘Part of a broader pattern’
The university’s student paper Honi Soit wrote that the recent incident was “part of a broader pattern of violence, and sexual violence at the University of Sydney colleges, which has led to a concerted campaign by activists to abolish the colleges”.
In April this year, the paper reported on allegations that students had circulated naked photographs of student-athletes to a Facebook group throughout 2022.
In 2020, the paper published allegations of colleges flouting COVID restrictions.
Honi Soit also detailed the damning 2017 report into the colleges by former federal sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick.
The report found that 19 per cent of students said they had experienced bullying, while 50 per cent said they had witnessed it.
“One in four women at college, and 6 per cent of men, reported experiencing sexual harassment at college, while 6 per cent of women and 1 per cent of men reported attempted or actual sexual assault,” the paper published at the time.
“Of 95 per cent of these incidents, and in all incidents reported by women, the alleged offender was male.”
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