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Date of Incident: February 19, 2015

Attack Types: Other

Institution(s):University of Eldoret

Region & Country:Eastern Africa | Kenya

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On February 19, 2015, administrators of the University of Eldoret in western Kenya closed the school’s campus indefinitely, following student protests over alleged corruption by a university administrator.
The student protests had been ongoing for three days, reportedly leading to multiple injuries.  On February 19, two factions of students — one supporting the administrator accused of corruption, one demanding her dismissal — reportedly threatened to commence further protests.  Anti-riot police entered the campus, and the administration announced that university would be closed indefinitely, giving students 30 minutes to vacate the campus.
Scholars at Risk is concerned about campus closures.  While universities have a duty to take reasonable measures to maintain order and safety on campus, indefinite campus closures undermine the ability of higher education communities to serve their educational, research and social functions, harming all members of these communities and society generally, and should only be undertaken in the absence of available, reasonable alternative security measures.