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Date of Incident: November 20, 2012

Attack Types: Loss of Position | Other

Institution(s):Uganda Institute of Allied Health and Management Sciences

Region & Country:Eastern Africa | Uganda

New or Ongoing:New Incident

Following a series of student protests at the Uganda Institute of Allied Health and Management Sciences, in November the Institute was closed for almost two months and approximately 200 students were suspended indefinitely.
On November 19, students gathered at the institute to protest campus conditions and administration, including overcrowding, library fees, and unsanitary living conditions. In announcing the suspensions, a university administrator reportedly cited safety concerns and stated that students would be notified of any new developments through the media.
According to reports, all students participating in the protest have been suspended and are being questioned by the university regarding the protests. The Institute’s Governing Council has yet to rule on the length of the suspensions. The university was re-opened in mid-January 2013.