Several students of the University of Liberia have hailed the administration of Dr. Julius S. Nelson for lifting sanction on campus-based political activities.
Speaking Monday, January 27, the students, in separate interviews, told Bridge Radio Africa that the ban was an indication that the university, under the leadership of Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks had no interest in strengthening the study of Political Science.
Making the declaration at the University’s theatre on its Fendall campus, Dr. Nelson said lifting the ban was long overdue, and that the move would enhance the spirit of campus-based politica activities.
He has instructed the office of student’s affairs of the university to work with political groups, pledging his administration’s commitment to renovating the offices of students’ political groups soon.
At the same time, Dr. Nelson has appointed Professor Sekou Konneh as Acting Vice President and Dean of Students’ Affairs of the University.
He’s optimistic Professor Konneh and team will work to uphold the spirit of dialogue between students and the administration.
Student politics was banned on January 11, 2019. It was temporarily lifted and was reinstated on June 3 later the same year.
The suspension was in line with rules 9, 10 and 11 of the UL Student Handbook, which states: “No student shall for any cause whatever insult, assault or batter teachers, staff, fellow students and other university personnel or visitors to the University campus.”
During the suspension, student political groups were advised not to assemble or hold meetings or engage in any political-related activities on any campus of the university.
The suspension affected political/solidarity marches, political gatherings, the wearing of symbols and emblems depicting and promoting campus-based political groups, student protests, among others. At the same time, Dr. Nelson has revealed that the student’s advocacy group, “Progressive Students Alliance” has been given status as a campus-based political party.