HKU chief tells students they will be called to account for their actions

Local | 30 Aug 2017 4:28 pm

The outgoing vice chancellor of the University of Hong Kong, Peter Mathieson, (pictured), said today that he had received a handful of requests recently to stop Professor Benny Tai from teaching at HKU.

Speaking to the media after delivering his final inauguration speech at the university, Mathieson did not identify who sent the letters but said he had read them and respected the senders' opinions.

"I read these letters and don’t agree with them all and I don’t expect to agree with everybody,” he said. 

"We have our procedures for taking actions against students and staff if we think they infringe the regulations of the university. But as I say, we are not a surrogate courtroom,” Mathieson said. "The court has its own opportunity to make decisions about guilt or innocence and we respect those decisions.

Pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho, who did a postgraduate course at HKU, had earlier revealed he had written to the university to ask for the law professor's removal. 

Mathieson also said he's in no position to judge the jailing of alumni Alex Chow. 

He said the university treats students like adults and expect them to behave like adults. 

"We except people to take responsibility for their actions. We understand people’s motivations and their concerns about themselves and about the future,” the vice-chancellor said. "We can’t absolve the breaking of the law.”

He said the university respects the court system and the court judgements.-RTHK

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