Australia Drew Pavlou banned from UQ campuses, booted from UQ senate position

11:15  03 august  2020
11:15  03 august  2020 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

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The UQ senate decides not to intervene on a two-year ban imposed on anti-Chinese Government student Drew Pavlou , opting to let his appeal to the university 's disciplinary board Chancellor Peter Varghese asked for a UQ senate review, saying the severity of the penalty was concerning.

University of Queensland student Drew Pavlou will face disciplinary proceedings next month. A University of Queensland student who has been critical of the institution's ties to Chinese Government organisations is set to face a private misconduct hearing in May, which could end in his expulsion.

Student activist Drew Pavlou speaks to the media outside the Supreme Court in Brisbane. © AAP Student activist Drew Pavlou speaks to the media outside the Supreme Court in Brisbane.

Suspended University of Queensland student Drew Pavlou has been banned from setting foot on any campuses and he has been automatically removed from his elected position in the UQ senate.

In the past year, the 21-year-old organised a series of protests supporting the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement, highlighted the uninversity's links to China and criticised UQ's Confucius Institute.

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Drew Pavlou was suspended from UQ last month after he organised anti-Chinese Government protests on campus . Mr Pavlou filed the claim in the Supreme Court of Queensland on Thursday for damages relating to a breach of contract and defamation.

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The university sent him a series of emails on Monday outlining the conditions of his semester-long suspension, which spans from Monday, August 3, to Friday, November 13.

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Drew Pavlou was suspended from the University of Queensland for two years. Charges against suspended University of Queensland ( UQ ) student Drew Pavlou were "obviously fabricated" and involved "scrounging up every bit of filth which could possibly be thrown at him", his lawyer claims.

The University of Queensland maintains the disciplinary hearing was not related to Mr Pavlou 's criticism of its ties to China. A closed disciplinary hearing considered whether Drew Pavlou breached the university 's code of conduct, mainly stemming from his activism on campus against the Chinese

"Security has been informed of your suspension and in accordance with the Student Misconduct & Integrity Policy you have been prohibited from the University of Queensland's land and sites for the duration of the suspension," one of the UQ emails to Mr Pavlou said.

"Your suspension means that you are: Disqualified from membership for the class of 'undergraduate student' [and] cease to meet the nomination requirements.

"The elected office you formerly held on the UQ Senate is therefore vacant."

Mr Pavlou has vowed to seek an immediate injunction at the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and take his case before the Queensland Human Rights Commission.

"We [Mr Pavlou and his legal team] believe I have been unfairly treated based on my political views," Mr Pavlou said in response to UQ's decisions on Monday.

"Everyone is entitled to the freedom of expression and freedom of thought ... UQ has targeted me because I am a free thinker.

"My legal team advise that it is illegal [UQ's decisions} and we have good grounds to go to the Queensland Human Rights Commission to argue my right to free speech has been violated."

More to come.

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