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FIJI: USP students deny campus 'terror'

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By Nazreen Bibi
USP Journalism student on attachment with the Daily Post

SUVA: The University of the South Pacific Students Association yesterday categorically denied recent media reports saying the Laucala campus was no longer safe.

In a statement, the USPSA said it was "moving to resolve the impasse and any outside interference will only worsen the situation".

University acting information officer Hamidan Bibi yesterday said the media reports had been "over-sensationalised and paint a false picture of the USP campus".

She said that "it appears that some students and staff have used the media to air their concerns rather than using the internal complaint procedures of the university".

"This is unfortunate as it fosters mistrust and apprehension in the university community with a flow-on effect to parents and sponsors."

The USPSA assured students that the situation on campus was normal and that security was intact.

Bibi said the campus security system had been the subject of constant daily attention, particularly since the events of May 19.

This involved close consultations with the USP chief security officer and his staff, staff and administration and law enforcement agencies.

She said the university had proper procedures to deal with anyone breaching its regulations.


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