Students at an Australian university have been caught participating in a grotesque college initiation ritual involving drinking alcohol from their peers’ penises.
An annual ‘Lad’s Weekend’ for new and old students of University of Newcastle’s Evatt House was said to involve male college-goers participating in a variety of bizarre drinking practices.
Most notable being male students, understood to be first years, kneeling down in front of older students and drinking from a cup made from the loose skin above their penis.
A former student has claimed to news.com.au that each year a large group of men from the ‘country kid’s college’ traveled south to Melbourne for their initiation pilgrimage.
Dressed in suits purchased from thrift stores, the ‘lads’ generally embarked on the weekend away a few months after orientation week, which started on Monday.
The student told the publication students were known to perform the bizarre rituals in open public spaces, such as Catani Gardens in St Kilda, where few things were considered ‘off limits’.
A former ‘lad’ revealed that each new student was ‘assigned’ a returning student prior to the weekend away, whereby ‘the returning student essentially treats their fresher like sh*t’.
‘We treat you like sh*t and next year you get to treat someone else like sh*t. It’s a sick cycle,’ he told the publication.
Among ‘penis drinking’ rituals, which were understood to have been ongoing since 2014, was several other degrading practices forced onto new students.
Another involves ‘freshers’ wearing dog collars and having to drink water from dog bowls outside cafes, as well as receiving embarrassing shaved haircuts.
In one instance, a male would need to drink alcohol being poured down someone’s shaven scalp, and another they would be forced to drink from the spinning wheel of a bin.
The former student also told the publication that an ongoing Evatt House tradition involved pairs of students racing to finish 24 beers, and drinking their own vomit to stay in the competition.
The University of Newcastle said the safety of its students was a top priority and it took ‘any reports of inappropriate behavior very seriously’.
‘The University is appalled at the behavior displayed in these images, and the footage which we understand was taken in Melbourne some years ago,’ a spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.
‘The University takes all allegations of student misconduct seriously and act swiftly to remove the offensive behavior from our campuses where it is reported.
‘As well as the education and preventative measures, students found to have behaved in this way are subject to severe penalties.’
End Rape On Campus Australia said it was ‘problematic’ that these rituals often took advantage of vulnerable junior students.
‘Those which involve sexual contact are completely unacceptable and have the potential to become unlawful, especially if a student is ever pressured, forced or coerced into participating,’ director, Sharna Bremner said.
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