Protests at Maastricht University - Update 6

Confidential and Online University Council Meeting

A public meeting of the Executive Board and the University Council was one of the agreements made last Monday between the Chair of the Executive Board, in the presence of the Chair of the University Council, and the protesters in the 'Rafah-Garden' at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS).

The situation has since fundamentally changed: the pressure from various groups within society to either take or not take steps is significant. This brings not only fundamental societal discussions but also concerns regarding safety. To allow the University Council and the Executive Board to engage in a careful and secure discussion, it has been decided to hold the specially convened meeting in a confidential setting (and online).

The purpose of the University Council meeting is to arrive at a preliminary reflection regarding UM's institutional collaborations with institutions in conflict areas.

More updates

  • Maastricht University's Executive Board, in close consultation with the deans, is developing a human rights due diligence assessment tool to help make an informed assessment of whether, and if so to what extent, our partners with whom we have an administrative partnership are involved in violations...

  • In the morning of Wednesday, 22 May, a group of student protestors occupied a Maastricht University (UM) building at Grote Gracht. This prompted the university to engage in discussions with the protesters, some of whom had also set up a tent camp behind the building the previous week. 

  • Due to the occupation of some of the FASoS buildings, FASoS will be closed until further notice. There will be no teaching on-campus today and we are looking into whether classes can move online. Our students will be informed about the closure of our buildings and the consequences this has on...

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  • UM is still in dialogue with the protesting students that are involved in today's occupation of the FASoS building. The aim is and remains 'de-escalation', and the safety of everyone involved comes first. At the same time, we want to ensure that we can fulfil our primary task, education and research...

  • For safety reasons and to ensure the continuity of teaching and research, Maastricht University has taken a number of measures.

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