UWI condemns assault of female student, male student arrested and charged with assault

uwi-mona-jamaicaKINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday February 13, 2015, CMC – An incident, in which a female student at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus was injured, has been condemned by the institution.

The student was injured late Tuesday as she headed to a store on a neighbouring hall of residence.

In a statement on Thursday, the University said the female student was taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies where she was treated and released.

The male student who reportedly inflicted the injures, has since been arrested by the police and charged with assault occasioning grevious bodily harm.

“The University wishes to reiterate that it takes a zero tolerance approach to any act of violence perpetrated by staff and/or students, and wishes to assure members of the university community, parents and the general public that investigations into the matter began on Wednesday, February 11, when the report was first received,” the release said.

“The University is also consulting internal and external experts on violence and conflict resolution in order to determine the extent and nature of the problem and to develop appropriate measures to address any underlying issues,” it added.

The UWI, Mona also reminded members of its community that under the Code of Principles and Responsibilities for Students, students should not engage in conduct which will endanger their own safety or that of other persons, and that they should avoid engaging in activities which are likely to cause personal injury.

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