Wednesday the 4th of December, 5 students were suspended by the Vice-Chancellor Michael Farthing for their involvement in the occupation of the Bramber House Conference Centre which ended yesterday. The occupation left peacefully to support the nation-wide strike in defence of Fair Pay in Higher Education.
The five students have been suspended because of their role in the occupation and “persistent disruption of the University operation”. Clearly, they singled out five students for their involvement in a movement of students and staff fighting for a more democratic university.
Draconian suspensions are not democratic.
The five students may be accompanied by more students as events unfold. They have been banned from campus and suspended from their studies effectively immediately, whilst they wait for the university’s disciplinary procedures to decide whether they are guilty or not of these allegations.
Management are scared by staff and students protesting for a more democratic university: Come to Library Square on Thursday at 1pm to show that Sussex WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED.
Demonstrate for the freedom to protest!
Tomorrow at 1pm in Library Square!