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Court summons UL

The Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia has summoned authorities of the state-run University of Liberia following a complaint filed against the institution by expelled student advocate Alvin Wisseh.

In the complaint filed through his legal counsel Atty. Arthur T. Johnson, expelled student Wisseh alleged that his “illegal expulsion” by the UL Administration results from a “collective decision of the significant portion of the University of Liberia Students” in a reaction to administration’s increment of fees from L$175 to US$5 per credit hour.

He has therefore pleaded with the Civil Law Court to grant a declaratory judgment in his favor, revoke and reverse the UL’s expulsion against him as well as have him re- admitted into the university to resume his studies.

Following the complaint, the court has directed the university to appear and file its formal response on or before 12 December, with a warning that it risks judgment by default upon failure to appear.

“… Knowing that this decision of the Respondent to increase school fees was totally outrageous and unrealistic, the Petitioner, as a student and student leader of a significant portion of the University of Liberia Students advocated to the Respondent that such decision was not in the best interest of the student populace,” the petition says.

Student Wisseh argues that he was in his capacity as student leader when the Dean for Students Affairs, Dr. Julius S. Nelson, Jr. addressed a letter dated July 29, 2015, illegally expelling him from the university, for allegedly leading unrest on campus, strikes, demonstration and destruction of university properties.

By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Jonathan Browne

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