Turkey’s Council of Higher Education (YÖK) has tightened its disciplinary regulations to help universities suspend students more easily in case of an investigation.

Evrensel daily reported that universities are now entitled to suspend students for a week to a month if they are found to have involved in activities that violate others’ right to teach and learn and that breach the public and peace.

A semester long suspension is also made applicable if students do not abide by a previous, shorter term of suspension.

Threats to investigation committee members require students to be banned for as long as two semesters.

Under the new regulations, disciplinary committees also become able to take students’ oral testimonies.