The University of Liberia (UL) has suspended student politics on its campuses and has urged students to adhere to this suspension to avoid drastic administrative actions.
Prof. Dr. Julius Julukon Sarwolo Nelson, President of the University, with immediate effect has stated that as of today, March 16, 2023, student politics on all UL campuses are hereby suspended until further notice.
He added: “The suspension comes in the wake of the many violent disturbances on the University of Liberia campuses.
Students are mandated to keep in strict conformity with this pronouncement. Violators would be severely sanctioned in keeping with the UL Revised Student Handbook.”
The UL President said no political group shall assemble or hold meetings or engage in any politics-related activities on any of the University of Liberia campuses during this period of the suspension.
Dr. Nelson explained that the suspension affects political/solidarity marches, political gatherings, wearing of symbols and emblems depicting and promoting campus-based political groups, student protests, among others.
At the same time, Prof. Nelson disclosed that the UL Administration condemns “in the strongest possible terms” the violent disturbances that erupted on the UL Capitol Hill campus on Monday, March 13, 2023, and by extension all such incidents.
Additionally, he revealed that the UL Administration has commissioned an immediate independent investigation to probe the Monday disturbances, which led to the cancellation of classes and injuries to students and others.
According to him, the committee is headed by Professor T. Debey Sayndee, Director, Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation (KAICT), adding that the UL Administration ensures and commits the full protection and safety of all students/staff/faculty and users of the facilities and services of the University.
Meanwhile, Dr. Nelson has expressed that the UL students are reminded that the Revised UL Student Handbook strictly prohibits the use of disruptive noises, violence, and vandalism on all its campuses.