Last month, York Vision exposed tweets posted on a private Twitter account which said a member loved “stabbing black people” and that “rape [was] still sex, it counts”.
Following a disciplinary hearing on Friday, the two members have been banned from participating in sports clubs, societies and volunteering activities; banned from attending all YUSU events such as the Summer Ball; banned from the YUSU welfare and advice services; and banned from voting in any YUSU election.
Sam Maguire, the YUSU President, said: “YUSU can and will pursue disciplinary sanctions against any member who is found to be guilty of sexism, racism, ableism, homophobia or any other form of offensive prejudice articulated against our members and wider society.
“YUSU and the University of York must always be a place where students feel safe and welcome and where we embrace and celebrate diversity.”
Meanwhile, the club are required to become part of the Key Contacts scheme, which aims to encourage inclusive participation in sport, as well as present a club action plan to the students’ union liberation network during Week 10 as a committee.
They have also been put on probation until June 2015 pending a review in March ahead of the annual Roses competition. It means any other reports of misconduct could result in team suspensions or bans.
In addition, they have been axed as a ‘Development Club’ and have been banned from applying for Focus Sport status for the 2015-16 season.
Sam Maguire added: “The Hockey club have engaged fully in the disciplinary process and I have faith that they will become the club befitting the majority of their members beliefs and behaviours.”
Further action by the university may also be taken.
A university spokesman said: “The Students’ Union is right to take action where members and clubs are seen to have breached the disciplinary code.
“The University is a community and all members of that community should treat each other with respect and consideration.”