Authorities of Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Ondo State, have announced the expulsion six students over the physical bullying of a fellow student.
The expulsion followed the recommendation of an investigative panel set up to look into the ugly incident, which took place in an off-campus hostel on Saturday, November 16, 2019.
Some students of the university were captured in a video that trended online some days ago physically bullying their mate. The panel, which probed the incident, adjudged them culpable of gross misconduct and breach of the University Matriculation Oath.
The students expelled by the school’s management are Popoola Olaniyi Agboola IDD/ (300L), Oluwadare Faith Tobiloba FST (200L), Nandi Yohanna Jessica IPE/ (200L), Ajuwon Tolani Emmanuella FAT/ (100L), Emmanuel Funmilayo Taiwo FAT/ (100L) and 6. Alao Olabimpe Cecilia CSP/ (100 L).
According to a statement issued on Tuesday by the Deputy Director, Corporate Communications, FUTA, Mr Adegbenro Adebanjo, the expulsion is in line with the position of Page 48 of the 2019/2020 Students Handbook which prescribes expulsion from the University for Students who engage in, “Physical assault or battery on another student outside the university premises.”
He said, “As a consequence of their expulsion their studentship of FUTA ceases forthwith with all its rights and privileges,” emphasising that, “FUTA will not tolerate any form of indiscipline or breach of university regulations.”
The school’s spokesman further explained that the punishment meted out to the affected students was not to pander to the justifiable public outcry that greeted their odious act, but in tandem with the rules and regulations as contained in the Students Code of Conduct as stipulated in the University Handbook and oath of Matriculation which all students were made to sign and subscribe to.
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