UPSA student banned from hostel after failing to open door for ‘midnight inspection’

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A level 200 student of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has been banned for three semesters from the school’s hostel for allegedly refusing to open her door for a night inspection.

According to the management of the school, the said student and her roommates declined to open their door for the “odd hour” inspection despite several knocks at their door for an unannounced inspection.

It said the action by the Business Administration student and her roommates contravenes the rules and regulations governing the tenancy at the hostel, hence the decision to debar them.

A blacklisting letter dated November 21, 2019 and signed by the Director-BDC of the school, Dr Albert Martins explained that the affected students will not be allowed entry into the hostel from the second semester of the 2019 academic year to the first and second semesters of the 2020/2021 academic year.

“I write to inform you that you have been blacklisted from the UPSA Hostel for three semesters effective next semester (2 September 2019/2020 Academic year). This means that you cannot book to enter the Hostel for the said period (2nd Semester of 2019/2020 Academic year, 1st and 2nd Semesters of 2020/2021 Academic year)

“The above decision was taken by the Hostel Managements Committee when your earlier sanction of dismissal from the hostel was reviewed as indicated in the letter dated 8th November 2010 to you, you are being penalized for refusing to open your door for inspection despite the persistent banging of the door by hostel officials for more than 10 minutes,” the letter read.

The school, on November 8, 2019 handed over a dismissal letter to Abena Amoabeng for her said action but later commuted it to a blacklist following the intervention of the Students Representative Council of the school.

“I write to inform you that you have been dismissed from the Hostel effective 10th November, 2019. The above decision was taken on the 7th of November, 2019 by the Hostel Management Committee concerning your refusal to open your door for inspection.

“This is an offence as per the Rules and Regulations governing Residence at the Hostel. You are by this letter dismissed from the Hostel. You have up to 10th November, 2019 to vacate the Hostel,” it said.

However, in an interview with the victim’s mother, Ms Adwoa Boateng, she maintained that the school has not treated her daughter fairly.

According to Ms Boateng, the inspection occurred between the hours of 1 and 2 am around which time her daughter, together with her roommates were asleep and therefore could not hear the authorities knock.

“Because of that they were called before a disciplinary committee to explain. One of the girls in their room said she heard it later but when she went to open the door no one was on the corridor.

The inspection they do at odd hours is wrong. Even SHS it is not done there. For God’s sake this is a university,” she told ABC News.

She said a call to the management of the hostel got no significant response except to be told her daughter had breached the hostel’s rules.

She observed that the students are afraid to open up on the matter for fear of being victimised.

“The children are afraid of being victimised…My daughter called me; mummy it’s okay, don’t come, I am okay. I want to just keep quiet over this and write my exams and leave,” she said.

Expressing her frustrations about the situation, Ms Boateng explained that their residence at Sakumono is very distant from the school, adding that it would make it tedious for her daughter to commute to school every day hence her decision to have her stay at the school’s hostel in the first place.

“I wish the hostel manager will consider at least for the academic year to end. Now from January, which hostel are we going to book because every student books that hostel for the year and in the middle of a semester you are telling the students to and not come back. Where are they going? If somebody is coming from Kumasi or Takoradi where will the person go?” she queried.