Students protesting at the University of Kent by occupying a key building on campus have been disconnected from the wireless network, shortly after a court date was given to them for an eviction hearing.
"[Internet access] a big part of what keeps everyone going is the messages of solidarity from all over the place, mainly on Facebook and Twitter. Contacting the media is obviously almost impossible without the internet. There is no way to attain phone numbers to contact without it, and the internet is vital for keeping up-to-date with the news.
The wireless network across campus is fully working besides a partial outage in two buildings, and a distinct full outage in the occupied building. What leads to suggestion that the university has forcefully disabled wireless access in the building is no mention of an outage or maintenance work on the university's IT status page.
Vice-chancellor Julia Goodfellow sparked controversy by signing a letter to the Telegraph supporting the decision to hike tuition fees, forcing students to repay a loan at the end of their studies totalling nearly £30,000. Though Goodfellow since "deplored the cuts to higher education funding" in a letter to local media, this did not offer solace to the students staying in the university building.
The university were unable for comment.
Do you think the university forcefully turned off the wireless to prevent further media coverage?