The UL president’s apology was contained in a speech he delivered Monday at the dedication ceremonies of the UL branch of the David A. Straz Sinje Vocation/Technical College in Grand Cape Mount County.
Dr. Dennis said the University’s “profoundest apologies” were for the “criminal display of violence” by some students of the University, especially on the Capitol Hill, just a stone’s throw away from President Johnson Sirleaf’s office.
Dr. Dennis, who referred to unruly students on the university campus as “glass bottles,” entreated President Johnson Sirleaf: “Please [Madam President] the majority of our 24,000 students are diamonds and should be treated as such and held harmless from demonic display of violence.”
Violence flared up on the university campus on two occasions in less than one week recently when rival students of campus-based political parties, campaigning for the leadership of a new student government, clashed and threw missiles at one another.
Classes that were preparing for the finals, which begin next week, were abruptly suspended, and several persons were seriously injured with vehicles and other belongings damaged.
Dr. Dennis, who appeared to be ready to unleash the university’s wrath against unruly students pointed out that the university administration stands ready to issue “divorce papers” to any students that would be found guilty after a thorough investigation.
The UL president assured the Liberian leader and the public that his administration would continue its pursuit of zero tolerance on violence.
“The war is over and every single individual is accountable for his behavior, not as a group, not as an officer of an organization, but as an individual,” Dr. Dennis stressed.
He announced that the University would re-open Tuesday, July 24, closing only for the Independence celebration, which is on tomorrow.