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INFORMATION GOVERNANCE 
Lafrowda House 
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Exeter, UK  
EX4 6TL 
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www.exeter.ac.uk/ig 
 
30 April 2020 
Ref: FOI20 - 165 
 
Dear Requester, 
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-
to-information/freedom-of-information/ 

This response has been prepared in accordance with a request received pursuant to the Freedom of 
Information Act 2000. The supply of documents under FOI does not give the person who receives the 
information an automatic right to re-use the documents without obtaining the consent of the 
copyright holder. If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask 
for an internal review. You must submit this to the Information Governance Office in writing within 
40 days of receipt of this notification. Please quote the reference number above. 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to 
the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: 
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. 
(https://ico.org.uk/) 
 
Kind Regards, 
 
Information Governance 
University of Exeter