Working together for the Residential Colleges on Lung Wah Street
14 Sep 2012 - 19 Sep 2012
Message from Dean of Student Affairs
I understand that The University of Hong Kong Students' Union (HKUSU) is holding a general polling on 17-19/9 to vote on whether I am "suitable to hold office concerning student affairs in The University of Hong Kong". I am therefore writing to offer you some information and thoughts.
HKUSU said one reason for the general polling is that I have failed to honor my words that students would be able to move in the Residential Colleges on Sept 5. But please note that both Professor Roland Chin and Professor John Malpas have written to students and staff to explain that the move-in was delayed owing to consideration of indoor air quality at these new buildings. Professors Chin and Malpas have also explained that construction of the LWS buildings were delayed owing to factors beyond our direct control. I am glad that Block A and B have now been approved for students to move in. Students did and are enjoying their new home away from home.
As soon as the decision to delay the move-in was made by the relevant colleagues in the early evening of September 4, my immediate tasks and highest priority were to work with colleagues to make sure that the newly arrived students were informed and well taken care of. We made arrangements to house them at hotels nearby and university housing and helped them settle. Since yesterday, we have also helped them to move back to the Residential Colleges.
Meanwhile, I have also kept HKUSU officials informed of the developments and decisions at the earliest possible time. I have had telephone and face-to-face conversations with Mr Dan Chan, President of HKUSU, and his committee members since September 5. I have kept HKUSU officials fully briefed on the latest developments at the Residential Colleges as I do respect and appreciate their input.
Over the past weeks, many students have come forward to help welcome new fellow students, especially those who just arrived from outside Hong Kong. I am most grateful for their efforts as we try our best to welcome a double cohort of new students. My colleagues at CEDARS and I will count on your continuing support. I also welcome your input and suggestions, as always.
With best wishes for a wonderful new school year.
Dean of Student Affairs
September 14, 2012