UGM Takes Extra Security Measures to Prevent Terrorism

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  • Gadjah Mada University (UGM) Campus Building in Bulaksumur, Yogyakarta. Credit: ugm.ac.id

    Gadjah Mada University (UGM) Campus Building in Bulaksumur, Yogyakarta. Credit: ugm.ac.id

    TEMPO.CO, Yogyakarta - The recent raid conducted by Indonesian anti-terrorism special ops Densus 88 at the University of Riau attracted the attention of the managements at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) Yogyakarta.

    UGM Rector Panut Mulyono said that his campus refuses to let any similar event take place within the area of his campus.

    “We have many Student Executive Boards (BEM), which has many of the students staying overnight in campus facilities. This is what we will observe,” said Panut at the Yogyakarta Governor’s office yesterday.

    Furthermore, Panut said that campus managements plan to regulate the way students stays overnight at campus grounds through a permit system that will be provided by each student’s faculty member.

    “We also requested for every faculty leader to actively participate in monitoring the location used for student activities. Don’t let there be any dangerous chemicals used for explosives or illegal drugs,” said Panut.

    As it was reported, the three suspected terrorists arrested in the University of Riau had ready to use explosives and several materials to construct it, such as KN03 fertilizer, sulfur, sugar, and charcoal.

    However, Panut asserted that he will not prevent his students to conduct late night activities or ones that last overnight as long as it has an academic content to it.

    As an academic in engineering, Panut fully understands the tasks that UGM students need to work on, especially the ones that cannot be taken home. “Such as architecture students, many of their assignments must be worked on until late in the evening. There is no problem with this as long as it’s procedural,” said Panut.

    PRIBADI WICAKSONO