Cairo University imposes criminal background check on students
Cairo University - YOUM7 (Archive)
CAIRO: Cairo University students must submit a criminal record certificate before being allowed to reside in dormitories, the University Council of Deans announced Monday.

The decision also stipulates that spot checks be conducted among students, and banned all protests inside the dormitories.

Cairo University President Gaber Nassar told “Al-Sada Al-Mohtramon” (Respected People) T.V. program that the decision would be applied on all pro-and anti-government political parties.

Nassar said anyone who violates the rules would be expelled from the dormitories, adding “the university campus is not a place for protesting and such decision is nonnegotiable.”

According to the statement, the university coordinated with the Ministry of Interior to train administrative security personnel and provide them with plastic batons, noting that the university would contract with an administrative security company to increase staff numbers to 800 persons.

During last year’s first academic term, demonstrations and clashes broke out in a number of universities all over the country, in protest to the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013 and the dispersal of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Nahda and Rabaa al-Adaweya squares.

The Supreme Council of Governmental Universities held an urgent meeting Tuesday, headed by the Minister of Higher Education Sayed Abdel Khaleq to discuss the preparations for the new academic year, al-Ahram reported.

The president of Cairo University did not respond to requests for comment on the results of the meeting.

In August, the Council delayed the academic year to begin Oct. 11 rather than its scheduled time of Sep. 21.

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