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: March 28, 2024

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

Institution(s):University of Calabar

On March 28, 2024, unknown gunmen kidnapped three University of Calabar (UNICAL) students from a hostel on campus. The gunmen demanded a ransom of N6 million and N8 million for at least two of the students (the equivalent of about $4,700 ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: March 25, 2024

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | Japan

Institution(s):Meisei University

On March 25, 2024, Meisei University announced the cancellation of its student entrance ceremony –scheduled for April 1– after receiving a bomb threat. On March 25 – a week prior to the scheduled event - the university’s administration announced that it ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: March 18, 2024

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | China

Institution(s):Kobe Gakuin University

On March 18, 2024, Kobe Gakuin University announced that Hu Shiyun, a professor of Chinese literature and linguistics, had gone missing after visiting China in August 2023. Shiyun previously headed the Chinese language department at the university. He has also authored ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: March 15, 2024

Region & Country:Americas | Colombia

Institution(s):University of Antioquia

On March 15, 2024, unidentified hooded men stormed the campus of the University of Antioquia (UdeA). One of the men shot a student, injuring him. University administrators reported between 40 to 50 hooded individuals entered the campus, vandalized it, and left ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: March 12, 2024

Region & Country:Western Asia | Israel

Institution(s):Hebrew University of Jerusalem

On March 12, 2024, Hebrew University suspended Nadira Shalhoub-Kevorkian, the Lawrence D. Biele Chair in Law at the Faculty of Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare, for making comments that expressed doubt about Hamas’s ...

Attack Types: Loss of Position

Date of Incident: March 12, 2024

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Gangadhar Meher University

On March 12, 2024, students affiliated with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) interrupted an on-campus lecture at Gangadhar Meher University (GMU) by Nivedita Menon–a professor in political theory at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), author, and advocate for gender equality ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: March 12, 2024

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):University of Delhi

On March 12, 2024, police detained around 50 students peacefully protesting against the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at the University of Delhi (DU). The CAA, which was initially passed in 2019, generated widespread criticism for discriminating against Muslim ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: March 05, 2024

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Sri Lanka

Institution(s):Multiple Institutions

On March 5 and 6, 2024, police used teargas and water cannons to disperse university students in Colombo. Two students were arrested during the protests on March 6. The two days of protests were organized by different groups. On March 5, ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: March 04, 2024

Region & Country:Americas | United States of America

Institution(s):Texas Tech University

On March 4, 2024, Texas Tech University placed Jairo Fúnez-Flores, an assistant professor at the College of Education who specializes in decolonial studies, ethnography, and activist research, on paid leave because of posts that he made on social media expressing ...

Attack Types: Loss of Position

Date of Incident: March 03, 2024

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):Shiraz University

On March 3, 2024, Sheyda Saberi, a student at Shiraz University, announced on Instagram that she had received a summons from the 7th branch of the Revolutionary Court of Yasuj on charges of “disrupting public order,” “propaganda against the regime,” ...

Attack Types: Prosecution