Stay away from violence
Let rational discussion and respect prevail
Dear Students, Alumni and Colleagues,
The latest spate of violence, injuries and arrests have led to simmering tension both off and on campus that has made rational discussion so difficult. I appeal to our students to stay away from violence and danger, and give peaceful debates a chance to resolve conflicting views through rational means.
Vandalism and abusive behaviour has jeopardised campus safety, posing a serious threat to students and colleagues who are entitled to learn and work in a safe and peaceful environment. Such unacceptable behaviour has also badly tarnished the good name of the University. It is high time we rebuild trust and pride, and demonstrate our commitment to the values and principles we hold dear. To this end, the Senior Management Team of the University will work hand-in-hand with you to engage in rational discussions and ensure a safe space for everyone.
We have been speaking to students and colleagues to gather their concerns at this testing time and have decided to introduce additional measures in response to the deteriorating situation.
|•||The University has all along been providing support to students in need. We will make adjustments to make our support more closely geared to students’ needs. Details will be provided by the Director of Student Affairs shortly.|
|•||For students with course requirements that give rise to potential safety concerns (e.g. Journalism students undertaking reporting duties and Chinese Medicine students attending practicum), in addition to the existing safety measures, teachers from the respective programmes will explore additional measures to facilitate your learning while also ensuring personal safety.|
Emergency response team
|•||We will extend our emergency response team to include student members and will explore rapid routes of communication with you all during emergencies.|
The way forward
|•||We all share the same goal of helping our students. Our colleagues will continue to provide vigorous assistance to those affected, and the University will do our utmost to help. But violence and bullying are absolutely unacceptable. Mutual respect for a diversity of views should be the basis of any future discussions. This is also the only way out of the current situation. We will organise meetings to talk to students, teachers, colleagues and alumni. Together, let us demonstrate to the community that we are capable of achieving shared goals through rational discussion, based on the principles of mutual respect, fairness, and tolerance.|
Roland T Chin
2 October 2019