The University of the West Indies says an initial investigation reveals no evidence of attempted or alleged sexual assault on a student at the campus yesterday, contrary to what has been mentioned on some social media sites.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the university's St Augustine Campus said it is working with the relevant authorities to investigate the incident but notes that according to a report from campus security, there was, in fact, a robbery involving a student near the Student Activity Centre (SAC).
The Guild of Students of The University of the West Indies has called an emergency meeting for tomorrow, after a second-year female student escaped an attempted rape and robbery at the campus earlier today.
According to reports, the student was attacked near the female locker bathroom at the Student Activities Centre by an unknown assailant around 1 pm and was injured by her attacker before he fled.
On Thursday, the UWI St. Augustine held the Matriculation and Welcome Ceremony at The UWI Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC) marking the entry of new students into UWI’s academic fold.
The incoming student body included nationals from countries as far as Bangladesh, the Netherlands and New Zealand. Newly appointed Acting Registrar Mr David Moses chaired the event which included UWI academic staff, new students and supporters.
The Commissioner of police has signed three Memoranda of understanding with three tertiary education institutions.
This is to ensure that the TTPS is prepared to meet the needs of the 21st century by enhancing their academic skills.
The following is a press release from the TTPS:
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has signed three Memoranda of Understanding with the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, the Cipriani College of Labour and Cooperative Studies (CCLCS), and the MIC - Institute of Technology.
The University of the West Indies is among several public institutions that have closed their doors today.
The university issued the following statement in light of Tuesday's powerful earthquake.
"Subsequent to the initial assessment conducted yesterday, the decision has been taken to close The UWI St. Augustine Campus today, Wednesday August 22, 2018, to facilitate a more comprehensive assessment of the campus. This is a cautionary measure due to the size of the campus and the number of buildings needing assessment.
The St. Augustine Campus of The University of the West Indies says it is "basking in the reflected glow of the achievement of its former Deputy Principal, Professor Rhoda Reddock".
Professor Reddock was elected on June 7 to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the first-ever candidate presented by the Trinidad and Tobago Government and the recipient of 158 out of 185 votes - the highest number of votes received among the candidates.
CEDAW provides a universal standard for women's human rights.
Police are investigating the alleged abduction of a student from the University of the West Indies who was blindfolded and taken to a location for several hours before he was returned unharmed.
Alex Gopaul, 18, of Bonasse Village, Cedros, told police he was abducted by two men who blindfolded, gagged and tied him up.
He said he was kept inside a van for two hours before he was finally released.
In a statement to police, Gopaul said around 10 am on Wednesday he left home to drop off a book for a friend in Syfoo Trace, Cedros. He was driving his silver B-15.
Five undergraduate students of The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine are in China for Telecom Seeds for the Future 2018, a two-week work-study programme sponsored by the Chinese information and communication technology (ICT) giant Huawei.
The programme helps in bridging the gap between classroom learning and real-world work experience in the ICT and telecommunications field.