A student activist highly critical of the University of Queensland's ties to Beijing will appeal his two-year suspension, claiming the decision is politically motivated.
Drew Pavlou faced a disciplinary hearing on May 20 at the university over 11 allegations of misconduct, detailed in a confidential 186-page document, reportedly linked to his on-campus activism supporting Hong Kong and criticising the Chinese Communist Party.
The university ordered his suspension on Friday after the 20-year-old philosophy student left the previous hearing after about one hour, citing procedural unfairness.
Mr Pavlou told AAP he views the suspension as "an expulsion for all intensive purposes" as he was due to graduate in six months.
"I think they're using the term suspension to talk down just how harsh this punishment actually is," Mr Pavlou said on Friday.
"They've been threatening me with suspensions ever since last year."
Mr Pavlou says he found out about the suspension via email at 4pm on Friday. The email allegedly asked him to keep the outcome confidential.
"I absolutely piss on their rule book when it comes to confidentiality," the Brisbane man said.
"They're trying to do me over in the shadows. Fuck that. No way."
UQ Chancellor Peter Varghese said on Friday he was concerned with the outcome of the disciplinary action against Mr Pavlou.
"There are aspects of the findings and the severity of the penalty which personally concern me," Mr Varghese said in a statement.
"In consultation with the vice chancellor, who has played no role in this disciplinary process, I have decided to convene an out-of-session meeting of UQ's Senate next week to discuss the matter."
Mr Pavlou said he found it hard to believe the chancellor and vice chancellor had no part in his punishment and questioned the independence of the disciplinary board.
"They (the UQ chancellor and vice chancellor) directed this from the beginning. There is no way they wouldn't have known about it. It's a joke."
A UQ spokeswoman told AAP on Friday the institutions disciplinary matters are dealt with under the Student Integrity and Misconduct policy.
The University of Queensland has faced media scrutiny for its relations with the Chinese government, which has co-funded four courses offered by the university.
The institution is also home to one of Australia's many Confucius Institutes - Beijing-funded education centres some critics warn promote propaganda.
Mr Pavlou said he will now appeal the decision with the assistance of his lawyer, Tony Morris QC.
"We're going to immediately appeal this decision in an independent court of law outside UQ."
Australian Associated Press