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Yogyakarta university expels nine students involved in hazing

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Wed, February 8, 2017   /  05:12 pm
Yogyakarta university expels nine students involved in hazing Members of Yogyakarta Anti-Violence Community (Makaryo) stage a protest in front of Mapala Unisi climbing club secretariat in Yogyakarta on Jan. 30, 2016, demanding the climbing club to respect human rights and not use violence in the club’s activities. Three students died of hazing allegedly conducted by the Mapala Unisi senior members during a freshmen orientation program on Jan. 13-20. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)

The Indonesia Islamic University (UII) has expelled nine students in relation to hazing that led to the deaths of three freshmen and 14 injured.

The measure was taken after the university deemed the nine responsible for violence committed during a student camping trip on Mount Lawu in Karanganyar, Central Java, last month. Another 10 students who were reportedly involved in the violence have been suspended for two to three semesters.

“The nine students have been expelled because they tortured [freshmen], by kicking, beating and slapping,” said UII spokesperson Muzayin Nazarudin on Wednesday.

The camping initiation program was held for freshmen on the mountain slope on Jan. 14 to 22. Parents became alarmed after some of the students returned from the trip with injuries and were admitted to the hospital.

(Read also: Freshman orientation program claims 3 students in Yogyakarta)

The police have declared two senior students suspects in the case while UII rector Harsoyo has tendered his resignation.

Acting rector Ilya Fadjar Maharika said a fact-finding team had probed the incident before expelling and suspending students.

“UII will not disclose the names of the students because the case is still under police investigation,” he said.  (wit)

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