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Drew Pavlou suspended from University of Queensland

Student Drew Pavlou and barrister Tony Morris outside a UQ disciplinary hearing. Source: SBS News/Stefan Armbruster

Drew Pavlou has been suspended by the university of Queensland for two years. The student and activist believes that his expulsion is because of his criticism to the Chine government.

In a video statement on Friday night, Drew Pavlou announced that he had been expelled for two years by the University of Queensland. 

The former student who was an elected member of UQ's Senate, the peak governing body of the institution, said that his expulsion is a resutlt of pro-Hong Kong activism and of the influence of China. He will appeal to the Supreme Court of Queensland. Mr Pavlou and his attorney had previously walked out from a disciplinary hearing for the matter of his potential expulsion as a penalty for a list of alleged misdemeanours. His lawyer stated afterwards that the committee refused to ask the university to release documents are vital to prove Mr Pavlou's innocents and they felt that the hearing was stacked against them.   

In a written statement posted on the university's page on Friday, UQ's chancellor, Peter Varghese said that there will be an out of session meeting of the senate to discuss certain aspects of Mr. Pavlou's punishment. 

Read the full statement below: 

''I was today advised about the outcome of the disciplinary action against Mr Pavlou.  

There are aspects of the findings and the severity of the penalty which personally concern me.  

In consultation with the Vice Chancellor, who has played no role in this disciplinary process, I have decided to convene an out-of-session meeting of UQ’s Senate next week to discuss the matter.'' 

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