Halls of residence at tertiary institutions are known to be places where students have the absolute freedom to move around at any time, but it seems that is not the case for all.
The newly converted Unity Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) seems to have a different philosophy as it has some strict rules and regulations in place that restricts the movement of students beyond a certain time of the day.
Four female and two male residents of the Hall who recently broke this rule have found themselves signing undertakings for good behaviour.
According to a notice put out by the Hall master, the female students – Grace Aba Serwaa Scheck, Nancy Afuakwah, Stabella Fosuaa and Rita Nyanyo – all occupants of room 143 were sanctioned for accommodating a male student after 10pm on 7th September, 2018.
The male students, Papa Kojo Essuman Addison of room 243 and Israel Atumove Wompiah of room 300 were also sanctioned after being found in female rooms at dawn on 8th September, 2018.
The notice, however, did not mention what the male students were doing in the female students’ rooms at the time. The notice which served as a warning to other residents of the Hall stated that “taking into account the show of remorse and apology to Unity Hall Management from these students and their parents, they have been cautioned and made to sign an undertaking to be of good behaviour throughout their stay in the Unity Hall”.
It added that the maximum sanctions will be applied to any similar act. The Unity Hall, popularly known as Conti and the University Hall (Katanga Hall), were recently converted from male halls to mixed halls by the University authorities despite serious opposition from both current and old residents of the two halls.
Below is the notice: