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Student expelled, another suspended for hazing

By Sunita Menon, Staff Reporter
Published: September 19, 2006, 00:00

Dubai: A leading Indian Institute in Dubai yesterday expelled a student and suspended another for a year for hazing junior students on the campus.

Bits Pilani, located in the Knowledge Village, placed 12 students under temporary suspension after receiving complaints of hazing.

The institution which has “zero tolerance” for hazing finally put an end to the controversy yesterday.

A disciplinary committee comprising six senior faculty members and two senior students was formed to investigate the incident that took place on September 5. The expelled and suspended students are both in third year.

“Out of the 12 students four were cleared and four others given mild punishments. Of the remaining four, one was expelled and another handed a year’s suspension. The suspension of two other students has been put on hold to give them a chance to become “model students”.

“This is because they were involved in minor offences. If they are caught involved in activities that do not fall in line with the institution’s rules, their suspension will come into force,” said a senior faculty member.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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