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UTech vows to fight Foote

Published:Sunday | February 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM

'The university (will not) be bullied by false and incomplete reports in the press'

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) has vowed to mount a vigorous challenge to the latest lawsuit filed against it by a law student

Last month, Duke St John-Paul Foote filed an ex parte application in the Supreme Court contending that the university was blocking him from taking some law courses and restricting him to only three non-law courses this semester because he did not sit the examinations last year.

"The university is disappointed that this matter has resurfaced based on incorrect information that was presented to the court in order to obtain an order which was granted January 22, 2015," UTech argued in a release yesterday.

According to UTech, in his claim, and in the press, Foote incorrectly stated that his fees were paid on time.

"Mr Foote failed to pay his fees on time, and not because of any financial difficulty on his part, even though the deadline was twice extended. He now wishes the court to compel UTech to register him for certain Semester 2 courses that he is not eligible to take.

"He was advised ... of the modules that he would be eligible to pursue in this semester, including two law modules. Instead of registering for them, he applied to the court to be permitted to do other modules for which he is not qualified, based on the curriculum approved by the Academic Board," added the release.

UTech said, as a matter of principle, it has always sought to assist students who experience financial difficulty or face extenuating circumstances that may prevent them from meeting the enrolment timelines. However, Foote's father has said he did not have any financial difficulty or extenuating circumstance that caused him to miss the deadline.

"The university is not prepared to make exceptions for students who, having received all the relevant notices in relation to the enrolment deadlines, and who have not sought any special consideration, seek to circumvent the policies of the university by filing cases in court.

"Nor will the university be bullied by false and incomplete reports in the press into varying its approved academic policies for the sake of one student. The university looks forward to its opportunity to be heard by the court when the case is next called up on February 9, 2015."