The Express and Echo report:

The University of Exeter considered legal action against its own students as it sought to minimise the damage caused by “dubious student antics”, it has emerged.

A 90-page dossier of internal staff communication, released under the Freedom of Information Act, reveals the extent of efforts made by the university to uphold its reputation earlier this year following a plethora of “offensive” comments made on public internet pages.

More than 3,500 people joined a Facebook page entitled ‘Spotted: Exeter Uni Library’ in January allowing members to send anonymous messages about other people they had seen in the library.

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