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Jakarta Post

Semarang lecturers sign integrity pact against radicalism on campus

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

The Semarang, Central Java   /   Wed, May 16, 2018   /   12:26 pm
Semarang lecturers sign integrity pact against radicalism on campus Members of the National Police's Densus 88 counterterrorism squad conduct a raid at the residence of a family suspected to have carried out suicide bombing attacks in Surabaya on May 15. (AFP/Juni Kriswanto)

Leaders and lecturers of Semarang State University (Unnes) signed on Tuesday an integrity pact in their effort to stop the spread of radical teachings on campus.

Unnes Rector Fathur Rokhman said the integrity pact was part of a commitment from all teachers and students to make the university free from corruption, drug abuse and radicalism.

“We will dismiss lecturers found guilty of breaching the pact and for civil servants, we will return them back to the state. For students who violate this commitment, we will send them back to their parents,” said Fathur in Semarang on Tuesday.

He made the statement in response to the dismissal of a dean and three lecturers of a notable state university in East Java as they were found guilty of spreading radical teachings.

Fathur said Unnes would entrust the handling of academic members suspected to have spread radical teachings to the police.

“We are developing educational characteristics here based on Pancasila, nationalism and state-defense principles. For us, the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia [NKRI] is unquestionable. We have four pillars we adhere to. They comprise Pancasila, the 1945 Constitution, the NKRI and Bhinneka Tunggal Ika [Unity in Diversity],” said Fathur.

To prevent the spread of radicalism, the university’s school of law opened an antiterrorism clinic to strengthen dialogue between students and their colleagues and lecturers. (ebf)