Baptist University student Andrew Chan Lok-hang has said he denied all disciplinary charges relating to his participation in a row over a compulsory Mandarin-language test at the school.

Last month, the Baptist University Students’ Union held an eight-hour protest at the school’s Language Centre over a Mandarin test. Proficiency in the language is an HKBU graduation requirement, and local students must pass the centre’s test if they wish to be excused from taking a Mandarin course.

Baptist University
Baptist University. File photo: In-Media.

After 70 per cent of students failed the test, some demanded talks with the administration. A video later emerged showing Student Union President Lau Tsz-kei swearing at staff members. Following the row, one of the protesters – Chinese medicine student Andrew Chan Lok-hang – cut short his internship in China after receiving threats.

After Lau and Chan were suspended by Vice-chancellor Roland Chin, hundreds of alumni signed a petition protesting the decision, and 200 rallied in support of the students. The school later lifted their suspension after the pair apologised to the staff at the language centre.

Chan and Lau, in addition to Student Senator William Liu and another student, attended a closed-door hearing on Thursday with a five-person disciplinary committee headed by Chaplain Ip King-tak. It is unclear when the results of the hearing will be announced.

Andrew Chan Lok-hang
Andrew Chan Lok-hang. File photo: In-Media.

Chan told reporters after the hearing that he denied all three charges against him, which include obstruction or disruption of teaching or administration, engaging in inappropriate conduct, and endangering the safety of the school body, RTHK reported.

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Chan said that the gathering was peaceful and that he did not threaten the safety of the teaching staff or the students. He added that he had been anxious over the matter since Wednesday and is concerned that he will face harsher disciplinary action, such as being kicked out of the school.

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Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.