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UNSW Baxter College students under fire over song 'glorifying rape' -

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SABRA LANE, PRESENTER: A video of a group of university students on a night out in Sydney has uncovered a disturbing campus culture denigrating women.

The recording captured a large group of male students chanting a hideous song.

The video emerged yesterday. The University of New South Wales has launched an immediate investigation and students on campus called a snap protest today.

Tracy Bowden reports, and a warning: this story contains offensive language.

TRACY BOWDEN, REPORTER: It was a boys' night out for a group of students from Baxter College at the University of NSW. The evening included a visit to a strip club.

STUDENT: I wish that all the ladies ...

STUDENTS (in unison): I wish that all the ladies ...

STUDENT: Were little red foxes ...

STUDENTS (in unison): Were little red foxes ...

STUDENT: And if I were a hunter ...

STUDENTS (in unison): And if I were a hunter ...

STUDENT: I'd shoot 'em in their boxes.

STUDENTS (in unison): I'd shoot 'em in their boxes.

TRACY BOWDEN: James Dunn was there with fellow students last Friday night.

JAMES DUNN, PHILIP BAXTER COLLEGE PRESIDENT: Boys' night and girls' night are one of the big traditional events that we've had for many years and I've enjoyed them for the last two years.

STUDENT: I wish that all the ladies ...

STUDENTS (in unison): I wish that all the ladies ...

STUDENT: Were buns in the oven ...

STUDENTS (in unison): Were buns in the oven ...

STUDENT: And if I was a baker ...

STUDENTS (in unison): And if I was a baker ...

STUDENT: I'd cream them by the dozen.

STUDENTS (in unison): I'd cream them by the dozen.

EMMA DONALDSON, STUDENT: The video depicted a sort of chant that is used in, I will admit, not just one college at this university. It is endemic to a lot of colleges here. And the chant is - it starts with the phrase "I wish that all the ladies" and ends with a variety of different gruesome metaphors that objectify women and glorify acts of rape.

STUDENT: I wish that all the ladies ...

STUDENTS (in unison): I wish that all the ladies ...

STUDENT: Were holes in the road ...

STUDENTS (in unison): Were holes in the road ...

STUDENT: And if I was a dump truck ...

STUDENTS (in unison): And if I was a dump truck ...

STUDENT: I'd fill them with my load.

STUDENTS (in unison): I'd fill them with my load.

TRACY BOWDEN: The video emerged late yesterday and on campus today, furious students called a snap protest.

SPEAKER: You can't change a culture, we can't get better and do better unless powerful people, powerful individuals see something and say, "This is not good enough."

JOCELYN DRACAKIS, STUDENT REP. COUNCIL UNSW: We do not tolerate, you know, glorifying rape. We do not tolerate being sexist towards women, objectifying women at this campus. ...

... The video was absolutely disgusting. It shows attitudes that are denigrating to women. It shows - there are lyrics that glorify acts of rape. It's completely revolting that this kind of behaviour has been allowed to take place in the colleges and it's something that women in the women's collective have strongly showed they are outraged by.

TRACY BOWDEN: Were you part of this chant that night?

JAMES DUNN: Ah, that night, yes.

TRACY BOWDEN: Why - can you just explain why you would do that?

JAMES DUNN: Ah, so I came from a rural country town, very impressionable, two years ago when I began UNSW and Baxter College. So I walked into the culture that is Baxter and was taught these chants as part of the culture that we have here and something we do as a night out as a whole college, both males and females.

TRACY BOWDEN: Baxter College is a coed residential facility on the university grounds. The boys' night out was a university-approved event, but the dean of the college is appalled by what went on.

What do you think of the video?

ANTHONY MCGIRR, PHILIP BAXTER COLLEGE DEAN: Oh, it's absolutely abhorrent. I think it's unacceptable and I think that kind of behaviour is - goes against everything the university stands for and the college stands for as well.

TRACY BOWDEN: Some students told 7.30 that the chant is well known and is an accepted tradition. Even the girls are known to take part.

BRIANNA KERR, STUDENT: It makes me feel uncomfortable that a culture exists like that at the place that I live, but in the same, it's something that both genders have participated in. I'm not ashamed to say that I've participated in it as well.

TRACY BOWDEN: This has been going on for years, the students tell us. You can't be doing a very good job.

ANTHONY MCGIRR: Right. Well, I disagree because this is a space in college that we have a lot of things going on that the students can work within and the space that we provide them for running events and running initiatives that they run, we see successes every year.

STUDENT: I'd tickle their clitoris ...

STUDENTS (in unison): I'd tickle their clitoris ...

JAMES DUNN: When you look back on it and you think about the words that you're saying, it is really appalling, for me for saying those things and for everyone for condoning them as the norm. I think. I don't think - many people don't think about why they're saying it or what they're saying.

TRACY BOWDEN: The student who filmed the chant didn't want to speak to us on camera but says his motivation was to bring light to the issue and make sure it doesn't happen again. He also wants the university to take appropriate action.

Students at the university are concerned the sentiments expressed in the video are part of an alarming misogynistic culture on campuses around Australia. A National Union of Students survey published in February this year found that 73 per cent of women had experienced some form of sexual harassment during their time at uni. 27 per cent had experienced sexual assault.

JOCELYN DRACAKIS: We do not tolerate sexism on our campus. We do not tolerate sexual violence and sexual harassment and sexual assault. That we need to keep seeing happen, but it's so important that we continue to keep fighting to open a really inclusive dialogue about these issues and not let them get swept under the carpet.

TRACY BOWDEN: The University of NSW says it has zero tolerance for the offensive behaviour.

What might happen to these young men?

ANTHONY MCGIRR: There's a range of - there's a range of consequences. Now the student code of conduct at the university - that the university has, there's a number of consequences including expulsion to suspension and a range of other punishments.

JAMES DUNN: I do regret that the fact that the video was filmed and brought to light in the way it was, but I don't regret that this issue was brought up to our attention and now we get the chance to fix it in the future and make a better culture within Baxter College.

JOCELYN DRACAKIS: There has definitely been a lot of cases that have been kept under wraps, a lot of times that these issues are shoved under the carpet for the reputation of institutions. It's very serious and we want the university to take this very seriously.

SABRA LANE: Tracy Bowden there.