Dear Students and Colleagues,
Campus Updates and Arrangements for Studies and Work
- I would like to report to you that the disruptions to our Kowloon Tong main campus by protesters had ended and the surrounding roadblocks cleared. The campus is now quiet and peaceful.
- The main campus is still being cleaned up to ensure that it is free from any dangerous substances. It is expected the cleanup would take a few more days. All students and colleagues are advised not to come back to the Kowloon Tong Campus tomorrow (Monday). We will notify you once our campus is back to normal operation.
- For our students, arrangements have been made to expedite the operations of on-line and other alternative learning modes thanks to the hard work of our teachers and staff. This mode of teaching and learning may need continuous improvement in the next few days to ensure learning and assessment would be done effectively.
- Colleagues in essential services (e.g. Estate Office) who have operational needs to work on campus will be notified of their work arrangements by their respective units.
- Student and staff safety is our number one priority and education is our primary mission. All of us at HKBU will continue to do our utmost to achieve these two goals. As suggested by some students and colleagues, we would further step up security on campus. We would consider a closed campus for HKBU students and staff only by tightening control at entry points to our campus. Further details would be announced later.
- Our campus facilities have been subject to vandalism. On behalf of the University Management, I would like to sincerely express our appreciation to all those who have been working beyond their normal call duty to take care of our campus and bring our University back to operational mode, including our Estate Office and cleaning colleagues who worked tirelessly even during the campus shut down.
- I am also grateful to colleagues from all offices in helping our students to cope with a most challenging situation over the last week.
- Across Hong Kong the situation remains volatile with outbreaks of violence and confrontation. I again appeal to all students to stay away from harm’s way.
Roland T Chin