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 09, 2022

Region & Country:Europe | Russia

Institution(s):St. Petersburg State University

On March 9, 2022, it was reported that Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs ordered St. Petersburg State University (SPbGU) to expel 13 students who participated in anti-war protests following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. On March 2, SPbGu’s vice-rector Alexander Babich noted ...

Attack Types: Loss of Position

Date of Incident: March 07, 2022

Region & Country:Americas | United States of America

Institution(s):Oklahoma Christian University

On March 7, 2022, the administration of Oklahoma Christian University (OC) fired graphic design professor Michael O’Keefe after Scott Hale— a former OC professor and alumnus who is openly gay  — spoke to one of O’Keefe’s classes. Prior to his dismissal ...

Attack Types: Loss of Position

Date of Incident: March 07, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Pakistan

Institution(s):University of Punjab

On March 7, 2022, police violently dispersed employees of the University of Punjab (PU) as they engaged in a nonviolent demonstration off campus. The PU employees had gathered to demand payment of a so-called disparity reduction allowance – government-issued payments to ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: March 06, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Palestine (OPT)

Institution(s):Palestine Technical University - Al Arroub

On March 6, 2022, clashes broke out between Israeli soldiers and a group of Palestinian students from the Al Arroub campus of the Palestine Technical University who were holding a protest march near the campus. Israeli soldiers reportedly used tear ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: March 06, 2022

Region & Country:Europe | Ukraine

Institution(s):Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology

On March 6, 2022, Russian soldiers attacked the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology amidst its invasion of and armed aggression against Ukraine. The rocket attack left an unspecified number of individuals wounded, according to one source, and caused significant damage ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: March 05, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Palestine (OPT)

Institution(s):Al Quds University

On March 5, 2022, Israeli military forces raided the Abu Dis campus of Al Quds University, leading to clashes with students that included Israeli soldiers firing tear gas canisters and stun grenades. According to Felesteen News, dozens of Palestinian students confronted ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: March 04, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Afghanistan

Institution(s):Unknown

On March 4, 2022, Taliban forces detained university professor and political analyst Sayed Baqir Mohsini. Mohsini and a relative were on their way to participate in a television program when they went missing. Family reported that Mohsini’s phones were turned off ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: March 03, 2022

Region & Country:Western Africa | Burkina Faso

Institution(s):Nazi Boni University

On March 3, 2022, unidentified individuals armed with machetes and other weapons reportedly assaulted a group of university students from Nazi Boni University who rallied in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso to protest student conditions. A dozen or so students had gathered ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: March 02, 2022

Region & Country:Europe | Ukraine

Institution(s):V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University

On March 2, 2022, Russian armed forces fired a missile that hit V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University’s Faculty of Economics, destroying the building. It is not clear whether there were any injuries or fatalities associated with the attack. The missile attack ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: March 01, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Pakistan

Institution(s):Quaid-i-Azam University

On March 1, 2022, police used force to disperse students peacefully protesting the apparent abduction of Quaid-i-Azam University student Hafeez (Hafiz) Baloch. 200 students were criminally charged following the incident. Despite a warning from police, students set up a tent with ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Prosecution