Sri J’pura u’grads to take legal action against VC

By Dasun Edirisinghe

Undergraduates of the Sri Jayewardenepura University have decided to take legal action against the Vice Chancellor for suspending students without giving proper reasons.

Former faculty board representative of the Management Faculty, Sanath Bandara, told The Island that seven students had been suspended two weeks back due to organising a student union meeting without the VC’s prior approval.

He said that according to the University Act, there was no need to obtain the VC’s approval to summon a union meeting and they had held two meetings of the Arts Faculty Students’ Union during the last two weeks.

"Our one member from the Arts Faculty and five from the Management Faculty have been suspended due to that," Bandara said.

He said that so far this year, 68 undergraduates had been suspended by the university administration and a few months back the suspension on 60 students had been lifted.

Bandara said that the suspension would severely affect the academic activities of the seven students. "We held a peaceful protest opposite the university against the suspension last Thursday," he said.

Bandara said that they decided to take legal action against the VC as there were no signs of the suspensions being lifted

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