Six students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have been cautioned for accommodating members of the opposite sex beyond 10 pm on September 7 and 8 respectively.
According to a notice posted on the Unity Hall notice board on Saturday, September 15, four female students were found to be accommodating a male student past 10pm on September 7 in their room which is against the Hall’s rules and regulations.
Similarly, two male students were found in female rooms at dawn on September 8.
The notice signed by the Hall Master Dr Emmanuel Gikunoo, said the students have been made to sign an undertaking to be of good behaviour throughout their stay in Unity Hall after apologising to the management of Unity Hall for their actions.
‘Taking into account the show of remorse and apology to Unity Hall Management from these students and their parents, they have been cautioned and made to sign an UNDERTAKING to be of good behaviour throughout their stay in the Unity Hall”, the notice said.
The notice warned other students that the maximum sanctions would be applied to other offenders in the future.
“This caution goes to all other residents of the Hall. Any similar act will lead to maximum sanctions being applied”.
The development comes after Unity Hall popularly known as “Conti” and University Hall also popularly referred to as “Katanga” were converted into a mixed hall ahead of the current academic year despite opposition from alumni and current members of the hall.
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I am torn between two opinions. I am sorry for these students because I think they are sacrificial lambs in this case.
What was the law made to check? What were the students doing in the room? And how does that become a problem because there are both boys and girls placed in groups to do assignments .And mind you, the libraries close at 10pm(at least for U.G) and most parts of the library are not for discussions.
So until alternatives are provided to prevent students from using their rooms as libraries,receptions(network areas) ,dinning areas, I will find it difficult to commend the hall authorities for this action.
Please tell us what they were caught doing in the room after ’10pm’ and if its wrong, we will clap. Or let’s make it easier, tell us what the law was introduced to check because some of these laws have outlived their importance,sorry.