Swansea University Student Confessions Contributors Warned They Are Damaging Job Prospects

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Contributors to the new trend of Student Confessions pages, which have taken universities across the nation by storm, have been warned of the dangers to future job prospects.

Some of the pages have been shut down by universities disgusted at the content, while students in Wales are being told they could be slapped with a disciplinary offence if they continue.

At Swansea University, both student union and university condemned the Students Confessions craze, student paper The Waterfront reported.

One post on the Swansea Uni Confessions page said:

"In first year my flat mate invited round a girl to our flat for some sexual relations, after he told us about this meeting me and a couple of the other flat mates decided hiding in the room was a good idea.

"We had a code word of 'mumbles' which when mentioned we were going to jump out.

"With one in the cupboard, one under the desk and one on the window sill it was a very uncomfortable experience but when mumbles was shouted twice half way through a blow job we were too scared to jump out... after my mate finished up having sex with her i text him from the cupboard telling him to remove the girl."

Registar Raymond Ciborowski released a joint statement along with SU president Tom Upton which read:

"University regulations clearly state that it is a disciplinary offence to engage in behaviour which could bring the university into disrepute – this includes social media activity.

"Students are sharing personal information (including explicit content) with an anonymous page administrator, who has no accountability. There is no evidence that the page administrator is even a fellow student. As a result, participants’ personal details could potentially be made publicly available – for viewing by fellow students, staff, public, press, potential employers, etc.

"Companies are increasingly searching for information on job applicants and the organisations they are connected to – already 30% of UK HR Directors use social media to recruit candidates, and 22% check candidates’ online activity.

"The Internet and social media are governed by laws relating to defamation and public order, and as a result, there is no such thing as absolute freedom of speech."

Upton and Ciborowski added they had received complaints from current and former students about the potential damage the Students Confessions page could do to their employability, as a result of damage to the university’s reputation.

Another post on the confessions page, by one man visiting a friend who is a student at Swansea, said:

"...this one girl. She was at best a 2/10, and that's with beer goggles on.. when this fine example of a woman offered [my friend] a "quickie" he accepted with no hesitation. When we realised he was missing we went looking for him, but the girls room was locked... one of the lads suggested we try the window, and luckily it was open. I was the first man "over the trench", I turned the light on to find he was still inside her, both of them fully clothed, with her riding him in the pitch black. We filmed it and to this day the video is legend."

The author then continues to say his friends "raped me with a pear (seriously)" and boasts about being banned from Swansea University property after defecating out of a third floor window onto another student's flat.

Although the stories are supposed to be anonymous, one Greg Phillips claims to be the author of the post, uploading a picture of "the pear that did all the damage" and adding: "How can people still be liking the bulls**t comments? I provided photographic evidence."

A comment underneath the post condemned the story, saying: "That's just sick. And shame on you for filming people having sex. That's seriously just a sick and worrying story."

NUS Wales women’s officer Rhiannon Hedge also expressed her outrage at the confessions pages: “There is a dangerous underbelly to the campus ‘lad culture’ of rape jokes and banter. All it does is contribute to a student community where victims of sexual violence almost never report what happens to them. Who wants to be the butt of a joke?”

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