STATEMENT: Concerned alumni speak out about exclusions at Rhodes University after #RUreferencelist protests
As alumni of the University Still Known as Rhodes (USKAR), we express our concern and dismay at the university’s recent decision to permanently expel two students. It is not merely the expulsion but the severity of this action that alarms us – namely, that the students stand to lose the credits they have earned while at the university, and will be denied the opportunity to complete their degrees.
Rhodes University dealt a strong hand against alleged “criminality” by permanently excluding at least two of its students involved in last year’s #RUReferenceList protests – sparking the ire of anti-rape violence activists around the country.
Students Yolanda Dyantyi and Dominique McFall were charged and found guilty by the university for kidnapping and insubordination. Dyantyi was also found guilty of assault and “engaging in offensive/defamatory conduct”. The two were excluded from the university for life.