I am aware that many of you have questioned the University’s stance on police presence on campus this afternoon in light of the vandalism seen. The decision was taken to minimise the risk of escalation, to ensure the personal safety of all students and staff on campus.
The police were aware of the threat and had deployed a limited number of officers close to campus. We assessed that the risk was against specific campus property and not people. We ensured that none of the properties targeted were occupied. In the interest of wider public safety, we decided that if the police responded in full force, it would only have made the situation worse, potentially leading to violent scuffles and deployment of tear gas.
The university’s top priority is the safety of all students and staff. Members of the university can be reassured that we would not hesitate to call in the police if personal safety was at stake.
Let us all join together to mourn the loss of our student, Chow Tsz Lok and keep his family and friends in our thoughts.
Vice-President for Administration and Business