SAR’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project investigates and reports attacks on higher education with the aim of raising awareness, generating advocacy, and increasing protection for scholars, students, and academic communities. Learn more.

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Date of Incident: April 26, 2022

Region & Country:Western Africa | Côte d'Ivoire

Institution(s):Alassane Ouattara University

On April 26, 2022, clashes broke out between police and students on strike from Alassane Ouattara University, resulting in at least several students injured and 22 arrested. The students were on strike protesting study conditions and demanding examination locations closer to ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: April 11, 2022

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Morocco

Institution(s):Ibn Tofaïl University

On April 11, 2022, Ibn Tofaïl University closed its campus and suspended classes for three days, in order to prevent a three-day series of events responding to the “normalizing” of diplomatic relations between Morocco and Israel. The events were described as ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: March 24, 2022

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | China

Institution(s):Various Institutions

In March 2022, Chinese authorities prevented at least five scholars based in China from virtually attending and participating in the Association for Asian Studies’ (AAS) 2022 Annual Conference.   The international conference ran on an in-person/virtual hybrid format from March 24-27 in ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: March 24, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):University of Sussex

On March 24, 2022, Indian authorities denied entry to and deported Filippo Osella, a renowned anthropology and South Asian studies professor from the University of Sussex, who was traveling to attend an academic conference. After his plane landed in Thiruvananthapuram, Osella ...

Attack Types: Travel Restrictions

Date of Incident: March 16, 2022

Region & Country:Eastern Africa | Zimbabwe

Institution(s):University of Zimbabwe

On March 16, 2022, police arrested 10 University of Zimbabwe (UZ) students peacefully protesting on campus. Students were protesting an increase in tuition and on-campus accommodation fees. According to reports, police were stationed on campus before students began their protest and ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: March 15, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Africa | South Africa

Institution(s):University of KwaZulu-Natal

On March 15, 2022, private security guards fired rubber bullets and paint balls during clashes with students on the Howard College campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), leaving at least one student seriously injured. A group of students were attempting ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: March 14, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Africa | South Africa

Institution(s):University of the Free State

On March 14, 2022, during a student protest over the payment of student accommodation allowances, demonstrators at the University of the Free State campus reportedly assaulted staff and students, threw stones at private security and police, and vandalized and looted ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Date of Incident: March 14, 2022

Region & Country:Europe | Ukraine

Institution(s):Chernihiv Polytechnic National University

On March 14, 2022, Russian forces carried out an airstrike on Chernihiv Polytechnic National University, resulting in significant damage to the campus. The early morning airstrike came a little over two weeks into Russia’s invasion into and war against Ukraine. Available ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: March 14, 2022

Region & Country:Americas | United States of America

Institution(s):Morehouse College

On March 14, 2022 at Morehouse College, an HBCU (Historically Black College or University) in Atlanta, Georgia, campus operations were disrupted and students and faculty were ordered to shelter in place  after the school received an apparent bomb threat describing ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: March 09, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Palestine (OPT)

Institution(s):Palestine Technical University - Kadoorie

On March 9, 2022, three Palestinians were injured and dozens more suffered from respiratory issues after Israeli military forces raided the campus of the Palestine Technical University - Kadoorie during a memorial service that was being held there for Ammar ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances