UWI condemns attack on female student

The University of  the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus has condemned Tuesday's incident in which a female student was injured during an altercation involving a male student on the campus.

The student was treated at hospital and released.

The male student – Stetson Rodney, 20, has been charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm. 

In a statement the UWI said it is conducting investigations to determine what steps need to be taken.

The University said it takes a zero tolerance approach to any act of violence by staff  or students, and said investigations into the matter began yesterday when the report was first received.

The UWI is also consulting internal and external experts on violence and conflict resolution to determine the extent and nature of  the problem and develop measures to address underlying issues. 

UWI officials also stated that students should not engage in conduct which will threaten their safety or cause personal injury, noting that such actions are subject to disciplinary action.

The UWI adds that where it is found that that there has been a serious violation of  conduct, a Disciplinary Committee will be established to hear and determine the complaints made against persons involved.Serious violations may also result in criminal charges.  

In the wake of the incident, the institution has postponed the Homecoming Parade and Flag Raising Ceremony which were scheduled for Thursday.

Earlier in the day, a large group of  students protested on Ring Road at the UWI in response to the incident.

They were addressed by UWI Registrar and the Deputy Principal.


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