Students Josh Hart and Dan Gyi have had their two-year prison sentences overturned on appeal.
The pair were sentenced to two year’s youth custody at Sheffield Crown Court after admitting criminal damage with reckless endangerment after end of term high jinks spiralled out of control.
The were celebrating finishing exams with a drunken rampage through halls of residence at the university by throwing a TV out of a window, trying to set a chair on fire and finally microwaving electrical components from the TV set.
The actions set off fire alarms as noxious smoke filled the halls and seven students had to evacuate the building. No one was hurt.
The judge was told they put blankets over smoke detectors to prevent the alarm sounding, failed to tell anyone what had happened and left the halls in the hope that the incident would die down.
At the Court of Appeal, Judge Collier said both were men of good character studying law and medicine.
"The rest of their lives will be dogged by this conviction," he said. “They had lost their good names due to drink and the desire for thrills.”
He overturned both sentences, saying the students demonstrated remorse, and substituted terms of 51 weeks, suspended for 12 months.
Student admits £20,000 benefit fraud
Student Nimo Saed, 27, was jailed for three months at Isleworth Crown Court after admitted four charges of falsely claiming housing benefits.
She claimed £20,000 to which she was not entitled while studying at Thames Valley University.
Council Leader, Councillor Julian Bell, said: “It’s quite sad that this young woman has ended up in prison with a criminal record, but I’m afraid she only has herself to blame. I hope when she leaves prison she will be able to turn her life around.
“There have been several cases recently involving students and I hope others will take note of how serious the consequences can be if they make fraudulent benefit claims.”