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University's warning to students over St Patrick's Day

By Michael McHugh

St Patrick's Day revellers who engage in anti-social behaviour may be dismissed from their studies, Ulster University has warned.

Vice-chancellor Paddy Nixon said he was extremely concerned about behaviour by a minority of students in the Holyland area of south Belfast. Students have been warned of an increased police presence on the streets ahead of the festivities.

Mr Nixon said: "I am not prepared to allow such unacceptable behaviour to continue, so we will apply the severest sanctions possible, up to and including dismissal from the university."

Anti-social behaviour has blighted past St Patrick's Day celebrations in the Holyland. Five local off-licences are to close voluntarily for some time today.

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