Tuesday, May 18, 1999 Published at 18:51 GMT 19:51 UK
Students face expulsion over unpaid fees
Leeds University says every case will be treated on its merits
Thirty-five first year students at Leeds University have been warned that they will be thrown off their courses if they do not pay their tuition fees.
Each of them received a letter telling them that unless payment was received, they would not be allowed to resume their studies after the summer vacation.
The majority of the group claim they cannot afford to pay the levy of up to £1,000, which was introduced across the UK last September, while others are refusing to pay in protest.
The students' union has launched a campaign to persuade the university management to withdraw the written expulsion threats, which were sent out on the eve of end-of-year exams.
A spokeswoman, Anna Richards, said: "The tone and timing of the letter was very intimidating.
"Students who were already worried about their financial problems probably feel 10 times worse now."
A university spokeswoman said it was not policy to force students to resign from their courses because of debt.
"Every case will be treated on its merits," she said.