Egypt to expel academics practicing on-campus politics

Any academic staff member proven to have committed or encouraged acts of "rioting" on campus would be fired from the university, the presidency said Thursday evening

Egypt to expel academics practicing on-campus politics

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who currently holds legislative authority, has amended universities' legislation to allow the expulsion of teaching staff who had "adopted violence" or campaign for a political party on campus.

Any academic staff member proven to have committed or encouraged acts of "rioting" on campus would be fired from the university, the presidency said Thursday evening.

Academics would also be fired in the event of "taking part in campaigning for a political party or possessing any type of weapon on campus," according to the presidency.

The new amendment allows a university chairman to suspend an academic who has been proven, through disciplinary investigation, to have committed acts of rioting or campaigned for a party on campus to be suspended from work.

A number of university academics have been detained by Egyptian authorities recently amid an ongoing crackdown on dissent, largely targeting supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

Throughout the previous academic year, many Egyptian universities became epicenters of protests against the military-installed government which replaced Morsi's following his removal in the summer of 2013.

In many cases, pro-Morsi student demonstrations turned into deadly confrontations with security forces.

Since Morsi's ouster, numerous students have been thrown in jail for participating in demonstrations, while university administrations have expelled many others or barred them from sitting for final exams.

Morsi himself currently faces five separate trials in which he faces multiple criminal charges, including espionage, jailbreak and "offending the judiciary."

Al-Sisi, who played a key role in Morsi's ouster, was elected president in May of last year.

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