The University of Otago is refusing to say whether it is
attempting to prevent a protest group from consuming cannabis
Otago Norml spokesman Abe Gray, which runs ''4:20'' protests
on the University Union lawn where members consume cannabis,
said Campus Watch members had attempted to disband two of the
protests last week.
When protesters refused to move or pass on details after they
were approached by Campus Watch on Friday, police were
called, Mr Gray said.
A Campus Watch member had told Mr Gray the newly aggressive
stance was a result of a ''direct order'' from
vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne to shut down the protests,
The university did not respond to questions over whether it
was attempting to shut down the protests.
Instead, director of student services David Richardson said
in a statement a ''complaint was made and investigated'' over
''Further inquiries are under way, with the police and the
proctor involved,'' Mr Richardson said.
Referring to participation in the protest, he said students
thought to be in breach of the university's code of conduct
or smoke-free policy would be dealt with by the proctor.
Any issues related to non-students would be a police matter.