KNUST Council abolishes JCR student management system

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The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Council has abolished all junior common room (JCR) management system by students on the university campus.

This means that all halls of residence will no longer elect students as executives from the 2023/2024 academic year to manage hall of residence activities.

The existing governance structure comprising Hall Councils, Hall Masters and Principal Guardians would continue to function in managing the affairs of the Halls.

Additionally, Hall Fellows will be appointed and assigned to floors/blocks of Halls to exercise direct oversight on matters affecting students.

“In the meantime, the Hall Week and SRC Week celebrations have been SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY” a statement dated August 26, 2022, signed and issued by the Registrar, AK Boateng following an emergency Council meeting, said.

The University Council had met, among other things, to discuss the report of a committee of inquiry, set up by the University’s Executive Committee, following the recent disturbances arising from the celebrations of the week of the hall of the university hall, commonly called Katanga.

In addition to this, the board has recommended the dismissal of all students involved in last week’s hooliganism which resulted in the destruction of property and injury to some students.

The Board’s decision follows last week’s clashes between some students at University Hall (Katanga) and Unity Hall (Continental) during Katanga Hall Week activities.

At least 12 students were injured in the August 18, 2022 clashes on the Kumasi University campus and were treated in hospital.

Police also counted 12 vehicles damaged as a result of the incident.

Some students, presumed to be among the perpetrators, have been arrested and brought to justice.

After Friday’s emergency meeting, the University Council also decided that “any student who participates in the organization of ‘morale’ and/or ‘cortege’ will be SUMMARY DISMISSED.”

“Any student/student who is/are caught hosting expelled, disaffected, retired students and/or alumni/alumni in their room in any of the on-campus halls of residence, will be sanctioned appropriately.

“Students who engage in any act that will warrant dismissal will have their names and photos widely published in national newspapers and on the University website;

“Students who are hardy for various offenses will have their names and photos published internally for the attention of the university community,” he added.

Below is a copy of a statement issued by the Board Secretary and Registrar, AK Boateng

COUNCIL DECISIONS REGARDING DISRUPTIONS ARISING FROM UNIVERSITY WEEK CELEBRATIONS


COUNCIL of the University at an EMERGENCY MEETING held on Friday, August 26, 2022, among other things, discussed the report
of a Committee of Inquiry, constituted by the Executive Committee of the University, following the recent unrest arising from the University Hall Hall Week celebrations, and has decided the following:


1. As of the 2023/2024 academic year, the junior common room (JCR) management system by students, is ABOLISHED.


This means that there would be no student elections for hall directors.


The existing governance structure comprising Hall Councils, Hall Masters and Principal Guardians would continue to function in managing the affairs of the Halls.


Additionally, Hall Fellows will be appointed and assigned to floors/blocks of Halls to exercise direct oversight on matters affecting students.


In the meantime, the Hall Week and SRC Week celebrations have been SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY.


2. Any student who participates in the organization of the “morale” and/or the “cortege” will be SUMMARY DISMISSED.


3. Any student/student who is/are caught hosting a student(s) and/or former graduate(s) or retired in their room in one of the university residences on campus will be sanctioned appropriately.


4. Students who engage in any act that will warrant dismissal will have their names and photos widely published in national daily newspapers and on the University website;


5. Students who are rustic for various offenses will have their names and photos published internally for the attention of the University community.


6. Council strongly condemned the recent unrest and supported the ongoing investigations by the Ghana Police Service and University authorities.


It was the Board’s decision that any person/student found guilty should be dealt with according to University rules and
those requiring further prosecution by the state should be turned over to the police.


Council wishes to express its deep appreciation to the Ashanti Regional Minister, the Inspector General of Police, the Regional Police Commander and the Central Command of the Ghana Armed Forces, for the professional role they have played in helping to restore calm and tranquility to the University Campus.

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