Public display of affection! Itâs orientation day at United States International Universityâ Africa. "PDA is not forbidden, CDs are everywhere in the institution," one of the student council members points out. But not the same case in other universities.
At St Paulâs University main campus in Limuru, you face expulsion or suspension if found engaging in PDA. Not just limited to kissing, hugging and holding hands is also considered a vice under the âPDA Actâ. It is the same story at Africa Nazarene University.
In some institutions, this restriction comes with monitoring of movements where movements to the opposite gender rooms is strictly forbidden and monitored. If found in compromising position within the universitiesâ premises, one faces a suspension of up to one academic year.
However, Baraton University takes this rule a notch higher. There is regular room check carried out by the hostel employees. This is besides a thorough search on your valuables on entering the institutionâs gate by the security guards. Mind you this is not the regular cautionary screening looking for grenades. The guards are on the lookout for any âimmoralâ stuff.
These are akin to Certificates of Good conduct that matatu crew are supposed to have prior to getting clearance from the authorities. One of the Christian faith based institutions demands a letter from your pastor to back up your âgood conductâ before admission. What if your pastor doesnât have a good record either?
Well they still need it for itâs a mandatory requirement. What is worse, one has to sign a form describing whatâs your perception of bad manners. Your character that takes the basis. It isnât just about your grades anymore.
After this rigorous process, one has to sign a consent sheet stating that you will abide by the set out rules. Whenever a student goes astray they quickly remind you that you signed a consent form on the dotted line.
"Your testimony has to be signed by your pastor or religious mentor for it to be confirmed as authentic," Says Trezer Kiliku, a fourth year Communications student.
Itâs fair comment to say some institutions are taking students back to the historical state of emergency. There is no walking in and outwhenever you feel like in some of these institutions. In short, raving is out of the question if you reside within some of the campuses unless you still fancy the jam sessions, which end at 6pm!