LAHORE: A private university in Lahore has penalised, lowered grades and threatened to cancel degrees of some students for making fun of teachers on social media.
According to Geo News, 13 students were issued a warning in a circular which has now gone viral on social media. The university has asked the students to submit a written apology to the administration and upload it on their Facebook timeline within 10 days of the issuance of the notice.
The university has also demoted 10 students for two semesters along with lowering their grades and has ordered “one-hour daily community services of cleaning and removing litter from the campus lawns and highways after the opening of campus for four weeks.”
Twelve graduate students have also been asked to upload the apology on their Facebook timeline and told that failure to do so will result in them being blacklisted and their degrees getting cancelled.
“Failure to comply with the orders will render the respondent liable for either cancellation of the degree; or blacklisting; or reporting to authorities for trial under cyber bullying and harassment laws; or all of the mentioned punishments,” the notification read.
A student who received the warning from the university said it was normal for students to crack jokes. “It is wrong to associate this to cybercrime. By demoting us and lowering our grades the university is affecting our education,” the student said.
The university has informed students that they can file an appeal against the decision within 15 days.