What exactly is going on with the education system these days?
Students have branded a law exam ‘horrific’ after it graphically depicted male rape, oral sex and death from genital torture.
The Cambridge undergraduates were asked what crimes had taken place at an initiation ceremony where three males were blindfolded.
The question described the trio being given oral sex by a man, raped with a bottle, or dying of an infection after their pubic hair was shaved.
Around 200 students sat the three-hour exam over the weekend, with one later taking to Twitter to brand the test as ‘beyond acceptable’.
Another told student newspaper the Tab, however, that the exam showed the faculty was ‘keeping up with the times’, as drinking societies are ‘a big part of life’ at the university.
The question, initially highlighted on final-year law student Sebastian Salek’s blog, stated: ‘Sandra is President of The Vizards, a College drinking society. She is organising the initiation of new members.
‘After a great deal of alcohol has been drunk, the members of the society form a circle around Billy, Gilbert and Richard who are to be initiated.’
The question then outlines three initiation rituals, including a man being given oral sex by another male after being blindfolded, another participant being assaulted using a bottle and the third dying after his pubic hair is removed and subsequently becomes infected.
The exam paper concludes: ‘Consider what offences, if any, have been committed.’
A university spokesperson commented: ‘In the part one criminal law examination paper set by the University of Cambridge Law Faculty, hypothetical situations are presented in order to test students’ understanding of different aspects of criminal law.’