Durham University has come under fire after a tweet about how students can "prevent" being spiked.

The Durham University Student Wellbeing account told students "don't get spiked" and advised people to protect others by reporting cases to police.

The tweet, which has now been deleted, read: "Drink Spiking is dangerous and something that you can prevent from happening to you and your friends.

"#dontgetspiked Contact the police as soon as possible in a suspected case so an investigation can be conducted and others protected."

Students have been left outraged as student leaders have said it is "victim-blaming, ChronicleLive reports.

Durham Students' Union President Seun Twins shared the post with the message: "This victim-blaming messaging is extremely dangerous.

This is the now-deleted tweet from the Durham University (

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This is the now-deleted tweet from the Durham University)

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"What was this supposed to achieve other than to divert attention away from predators and predatory behaviour? Disappointed for the umpteenth time."

Jonah Graham, Durham SU Welfare and Liberation Officer also expressed their disappointment in the post.

He added: "Disappointing. Spiking is assault so this hashtag is widely inappropriate.

"The uni should help students to stay safe (e.g. providing drink covers) and report incidents without insensitively blaming victims.

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"All guilt lies with perpetrators - the primary focus must be on them."

Students at other universities have also expressed their fury.

Fran Heald, a Leeds University student, said: "The tweet said 'don't get spiked' and I understand what they were trying to do, as there are things you can do to avoid it.

"But those measures don’t mean that you won't get spiked and they won't necessarily stop it from happening."

The 19-year-old added: "I think it was a bit ignorant, especially coming from such a large institution with such a large number of students.

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"I do appreciate them trying to help, because I feel a lot of universities haven't yet.

"But the way they went about it was completely wrong."

A spokesperson for Durham University said: "We appreciate the feedback on our recent post about drink safety.

"Students have reported concerns to us about drink spiking on nights out.

"We take this very seriously and work with the police and others on guidance to help people be safe and report incidents.

"We also regularly train staff and student representatives on drug and alcohol awareness.

"We always aim to support our students and take opportunities to learn and improve our messaging on important topics like this."

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