Fabrice Muamba tweeter Liam Stacey banned from Swansea University campus
The Swansea University student who was jailed after making a series of racist Twitter comments following the collapse of footballer Fabrice Muamba has been permanently banned from campus.
Swansea University say Mr Stacey can sit his final exams and graduate off campus as an external candidate next year, one year late.
He was jailed for 56 days at Swansea Magistrates Court on March 17 after pleading guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence.
A statement issued by Swansea University says: "The disciplinary proceedings involving the student who posted racist comments on Twitter have now been concluded.
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"The university would not normally make public the outcome of any disciplinary proceedings, but in this case we are doing so with the agreement of the student.
“The student concerned remains suspended for the remainder of this academic year and is not allowed to return to campus, but he will be given the opportunity to sit his final exams as an external candidate next year at another venue and, if successful, to graduate in absentia. He will remain excluded from the campus.
"Swansea University deplores racism and has policies in place to ensure equality for staff and students.
"We take the actions of this student very seriously, which is why he is no longer part of our campus community. We are mindful that he has been given a prison sentence, and therefore has already paid a price for his actions.
"He has expressed genuine remorse and we are satisfied that he understands that his behaviour was unacceptable, and damaging to the university.
"Given the sanctions he has already faced and the contrition he has shown, and that he is a final year student, we have taken the exceptional decision to allow him to sit his exams."
Mr Stacey has told a TV programme he is sorry for his actions, which were "just drunken stupidity".
He said he has paid a big price for the remarks he made on Twitter, adding he did not know why he did it.
Mr Stacey said it was a "stupid, massive, massive mistake and I've paid a big price for it".
"What I struggle to get my head around was the week or two before I was just a normal kid getting on with my work in university, getting on with life, playing rugby with all my mates, then a week or two later I was just going to prison, everything had been turned upside down," he said.
Attorney General Dominic Grieve issued a warning to Twitter users after a series of high profile cases hit the headlines.
He is reported as saying: "If somebody goes down to the pub with printed sheets of paper and hands it out, that's no different than if somebody goes and does a tweet.
"The idea that you have immunity because you're an anonymous tweeter is a big mistake.
"If necessary we will take action."