Nigerian university bans students kissing, touching, others

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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, (ATBU) Bauchi, has released a list of codes of placing a ban on touching, kissing, hugging, massaging, or sitting on the laps of opposite sex with each attracting two semesters rustication.

These were part of its set of codes of conduct and dress code as contained in the revised student’s handbook.

The revised rules are contained in an internal memo signed by the dean of Students Affairs of the university, Professor U.S. Abdullahi, dated April 27 and addressed to the president of the Students Union Government and all students of the university.

The dean warned the students and members of the university community against violating the rules, approved during the 161st regular Senate Meeting of the institution held on April 13, 2023.

The memo reads: “I write to inform you that the University Senate has approved the revised Student Handbook at its 161st Regular Senate Meeting held on Thursday, April 13, 2023.

“The following are extract of the 30 most salient misconducts from the revised Handbook,” he said.

According to the memo with REF:ATBU/SAD/SUG/VOL 11/0113 posted on the Facebook page of the university, any student found guilty risks one or two semesters of rustication, depending on the offence.

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The memo further said multi-coloured hair for females, dreadlocks, sagging, engaging in reckless driving, tattoos, and extra piercing in the nose, eye and mouth attract one semester suspension.

Other offences include wearing tattered jeans, backless clothes, off shoulder clothes, hair braiding for male students, and bum shorts, among other offences also attract one semester suspension.

When contacted, the secretary general of the student union government, SUG, ATBU chapter AbdulRauf Al-Amin,confirmed the authenticity of the memo.

He, however, said the new rules are not alien to the students.

“We received the memo from the university last week, which I personally shared with the students across various platforms; most of the things contained are not new, it was only reviewed,” he said.

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