War in Gaza: in Belgium, invigilators announce that they will let students cheat on exams

War in Gaza: in Belgium, invigilators announce that they will let students cheat on exams
War in Gaza: in Belgium, invigilators announce that they will let students cheat on exams

As exams approach in Belgian universities, several Academic supervisors announced Monday that they would not report students caught cheating.

Ghent, Brussels, Antwerp

The objective of this surveillance strike: to protest against the violence in Gaza. The action was announced a few hours after the bloody Israeli strike on a displaced persons camp in Rafah, which left at least 45 dead. It will mainly take place at UGent (University of Ghent), VUB (Brussels) and UAntwerpen (Antwerp).

As long as our rectors ignore violations of international law by Israeli institutions, we will do the same when students break the rules », declared Monday the twenty supervisors calling for the strike, relayed by several Belgian media, including the Belga agency.

Concretely, these supervisors, who will be identifiable by “ pins, stickers or keffiyehs in auditoriums and exam rooms “, will not report students caught cheating” thus flouting the academic code of ethics “.

This action comes after “ months of failed attempts to get the university to take a stand » in favor of an academic boycott of Israel, according to Jouke Huijzer, political scientist and doctoral student at the VUB, quoted by Le Soir.

Denouncing cooperation with Israeli universities

Within the University of UGent, this action seems to be supported. Last Friday, the occupation of the building by students degenerated with the police, who intervened at the request of the rector. “ As doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers, we feel an obligation to support our students and take action », argued the strikers who wish to denounce the cooperation of their universities with Israeli academic institutions with this surveillance strike.

This desire is shared and defended by many students on several campuses, such as in the United States or France, notably at Sciences Po Paris.

Rik Van de Walle, rector of UGent, opposed this call, believing that “ whoever supervises the exams is responsible for their smooth running » and that those who do not assume “ their functions correctly » would not have « nothing to do on exams “.

Flemish Minister of Education Ben Weyts (N-VA) goes further by calling for the dismissal of academic collaborators who take part in the strike.

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