Uni Queensland chancellor intervenes on Drew Pavlou penalty

Peter Varghese isn’t happy with a discipline committee decision

At 6.30 on Friday night the University of Queensland issued a statement from Chancellor Peter Varghese regarding the two-year exclusion imposed on student Drew Pavlou.

Mr Varghese announced, “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.”

Mr Pavlou was suspended earlier on Friday by a university discipline committee. He is a vocal critic of the Chinese Government’s treatment of Hong Kong protests and the university’s connections with Chinese Government organisations.