Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cairo University Expels Students, Professors Before Semester Begins

Cairo University takes measures to pre-empt campus violence in 2nd semester

Ahram Online, Wednesday 19 Feb 2014

150 students have been expelled from university dorms, professors who worked in the presidential team of Mohamed Morsi are be interrogated, and security campus trained, says head of Cairo University

Ahead of the beginning of the new academic year, postponed two weeks to start 8 March, head of Cairo University Gaber Nassar announced several decisions, including expelling students found to have been involved in violence from university dorms, and referring professors previously working with ousted president Mohamed Morsi to interrogation.

Cairo University witnessed last semester months of clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and security that left one student dead and hundreds injured. Nassar's own son, meanwhile, was stabbed by unknown assailants who he announced to be Morsi loyalists.

In statements to media, Nassar said Wednesday that Cairo University decided to expel 150 students from the university dorms for involvement in acts of violence.

Nassar also stated that professors who worked in Morsi's presidential team would be referred to interrogation for not getting a permit from the university before embarking on their work.

The professors include Abdallah Shehata, Yasser El-Serafy of the Law Faculty, Pakinam El-Sharkawy and Seif Abdel-Fattah of the Political Science and Economics Faculty, and assistant professor Sarah Lotfy, also from the Faculty of Political Science and Economics.

Nassar also announced that the Supreme Council of Universities agreed on signing a protocol with the interior ministry to train security on campus. According to this agreement, police will also be available outside university gates to allow university administrative security to work on campus in times of security threats.

He underlined that the university will apply Article 184 of the University Regulations Law recently amended and approved by the presidency that states that any student found involved in acts of violence can be expelled after sufficient investigations.

The Supreme Council of Universities approved last month the addition of the article allowing university heads to expel students involved in acts of sabotage or terrorism, reported Al-Ahram's Arabic news website.

Meanwhile, Nassar also assured that necessary precautions are being taken to limit the spread of flu amid a recent spike in cases of swine flu in Egypt. A doctor and medical team are always available on campus, he said.

Egypt's death toll from the swine flu outbreak since December has reached 52 according to the most recent health ministry statement.

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