City University looks into harsh treatment of students

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 May, 2013, 5:24am

City University will set up a review committee to investigate the rough treatment of students who protested at a rally held last week during an opening ceremony on campus.

The committee, chaired by Professor Ray Yep Kin-man of the university's Public and Social Administration Department, comprises five CityU members including the student union president, the chairwoman of convocation, dean of students Dr Cheung Chor-yung and the campus development and facilities office director.

The committee is to "review the logistics, operation and security arrangement of the opening ceremony held on May 6, to identify areas for improvement, and to make recommendations", according to a university statement.

It is expected to submit a report to CityU president Professor Way Kuo within 40 days.

Education-sector lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen, who wrote to Kuo earlier demanding an explanation about the incident, welcomed the establishment of the committee.

"The move shows the university is concerned about the incident, but it seems the function of the committee is not all-round enough," Ip said.

It was disappointing that the committee would not investigate whether remarks by Herman Hu Shao-ming, chairman of the CityU council, were appropriate and if they would restrict the freedom of the press on campus.

On the day of the ceremony, Hu said the university was seeking legal advice on zoning private and public areas on its campus.

About 30 students from different universities who staged the protest at the Kowloon Tong campus said they were forcibly removed by security guards.