St. German’s Road
30 April 2020
Ref: FOI20 - 165
Thank you for your email of 18th April 2020 requesting information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Please see the responses to each of your questions below:
In early 2020, a student in the English Department was allegedly subjected to an ongoing series of
racist emails. This was used by various student activists to castigate the university, and a Police
investigation was launched. Various staff and students signed a petition that was racist in its
characterisation of 'whiteness' as a problem.
I would like to know if the Police drew any conclusions, in particular as to whether these racist
emails were in fact sent by the student herself, or close friends of hers to whip up a fake racial
moral panic in Exeter for political purposes.
The University can confirm they are aware of this matter. However, we are not able to comment on
police business and police investigations. You may wish to contact the police about this particular
matter under their Freedom of Information Act - https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/your-right-
This response has been prepared in accordance with a request received pursuant to the Freedom of
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