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Date of Incident: April 09, 2013

Attack Types: Other

Institution(s):Tai Solarin College of Education

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On April 9, 2013 students of Tai Solarin College of Education reportedly disrupted exams and physically assaulted several university staff, students, and police officers.
The students allegedly protested a college policy that required all school fees be paid in full prior to exams. Members of the campus and local community reportedly suspect the students of being part of a cult. According to a statement given by the college, 26 students were expelled for their involvement in this incident.
Scholars at Risk is concerned about allegations of physical violence and destruction on campus. While students and other members of higher education communities have the right to engage in expressive activity, including protest, they have a responsibility to exercise that right peacefully and in a matter consistent with the values of the university space, including social responsibility.