Egypt's Council of Universities approves expulsion of 'saboteurs'

Ahram Online , Monday 6 Jan 2014

The University Regulations Law is amended to allow university heads to expel students who commit acts of violence or terror

Azhar fire
Al-Azhar University Faculty of Commerce torched during pro-Morsi protests in December (Photo:AP)

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

Headed by Deputy Prime Minister Hossam Eissa, the council agreed that university heads will be authorised to expel "students who perform terrorist acts, acts of sabotage that interrupt the educational process, lead to danger, target university facilities or exams or work on campus, assault a person, assault private or public property or incite students to commit acts of violence."

The student should be warned once before the punishment is applied and the decision may be appealed once before the university disciplinary board, which should include a member of the State Council.

The Supreme Council of Universities had on Thursday formed a committee, led by Cairo University Head Gaber Nassar, to amend the University Regulations Law regarding aspects pertaining to on-campus discipline.

Egypt's university campuses have been witnessing regular protests that have often turned violent. 

At least two students were killed in clashes on campuses with security over the past months.

Supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi have recently maintained their protests on campus since the start of the academic year in September.

Al-Azhar University, a stronghold of Morsi supporters and the Muslim Brotherhood, has been the most affected by protests and violence. Azhar administrators have accused pro-Morsi students of attacking administrators; ransacking several buildings on Campus including the Faculties of Agriculture and Commerce as well as the school's main administrative building.

Cairo and Ain Shams, the capital's most prominent universities, have also witnessed escalating unrest.

In November, the interim government issued a law allowing security forces to enter campuses to maintain the peace without permission from university presidents or prosecutors.

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