In recent disciplinary actions at universities across Iran, several students have faced severe penalties for their alleged involvement in activities leading to expulsion or academic suspension. Here are the details of the cases:
Motahareh Gouneii Expelled and Banned for Five Years
Motahareh Gouneii, a dentistry student and the political secretary of the Students Association at Tehran University and its School of Medical Sciences, has been expelled from the university and prohibited from studying at any institution for the next five years.
The decision was made by the Disciplinary Council based on allegations of creating chaos and unrest within the university.
Gouneii was also among the detainees of the nationwide 2022-2023 Iran protests.
Fatemeh Sadrifar Receives Academic Suspension and Change of Study Location
Fatemeh Sadrifar, a dentistry student at Qom University of Medical Sciences, has been sentenced by the university’s Disciplinary Review Council. She has been suspended from academic activities for four terms and will be required to change her study location.
This decision follows her previous unjust expulsion by the Preliminary Disciplinary Council for participating in a one-day strike.
Sepideh Rashno Banned from Al-Zahra University
Sepideh Rashno has been banned from studying at Al-Zahra University for a period of two terms. The decision was made by the Disciplinary Committee, citing her failure to observe the compulsory Hijab in university environments.
According to Rashno, she has been prohibited from entering the university since March 2023, and the oral communication of the Disciplinary Committee’s verdict further confirms her exclusion.
These disciplinary actions highlight the plight of student activists in Iran. The cases of Motahareh Gouneii, Fatemeh Sadrifar, and Sepideh Rashno illustrate the various reasons behind these penalties and the potential impact on students’ academic futures.