The University of Lagos has ordered the immediate expulsion of 125 students of the institution for forgery and academic misconduct.
Authorities of the school also rusticated 198 students over various offences including examination malpractice, academic and social misconduct.
A list of the over 300 affected students was published on the school’s website on Sunday afternoon.
UNILAG’s Deputy Registrar in charge of information, Toyin Adebule, says beyond the list posted on the institution’s website, the names and photographs of the affected students will soon be published in the media and pasted in different areas of the school.
He added that UNILAG’s action aligns with its commitment to rid the school of all forms malpractices and vices.
According to him, the penalties meted out to the students were based on the severity of the offences. Some of those rusticated were caught smoking Marijuana on campus, while others were engaged in various forms of misdemeanor.
The offences of those expelled were mainly for forged results while the rest were for academic misconduct.
Mr. Adebule said some of the affected students were caught impersonating, writing examinations for others, while others were caught with ‘micro-chips’ during examinations.
He urged the remaining students of the institution currently writing exams to abide by the rules and regulations of UNILAG. He said such rules and regulations were usually accompanied by various sanctions for defaulters.
Mr. Adebule, however, insists that this rustication and expulsion of these 323 students of the institution had anything to do with the recent students’ riot.
In September, some students who were earlier rusticated from the school carried out a peaceful demonstration, over what they termed an alleged violation of their rights by the school’s authority.
The protest resulted from the suspension of members of the students’ union and the rustication of a student from the environmental sciences department, identified as Adeyeye Olorunfemi, who criticized the management of the institution.
In his open letter to the management which he shared on Facebook, Olorunfemi called out members of the school’s management board, bluntly accusing them of being irresponsible, insensitive and irresponsive to the welfare of the students.
The students claim they are being punished for merely protesting against poor living conditions on campus. They described the punishment meted on members of the Students Union as unjust, meanwhile the acting Dean has dismissed the issue.
He said beyond the issue of the protest, the rusticated students had other charges levied against them which they had refused to acknowledge.
This has made the students agitated about the plight of their fellow students, as it appears that only the school’s highest decision making body, can change the fortunes of the affected students.
Those fortunes, according to Mr. Adebule, have already been sealed.
See full list of rusticated and expelled students here