Students at the Faculty of Psychology of Tehran's Shahid Beheshti University have decided to boycott classes to protest the security measures recently put in place by the university’s administration.
According to Iran's Union of Student Councils, the students refused to enter the classrooms on November 21, vowing to defend their "most fundamental rights."
On November 20, independent student sources, including the Amir Kabir Newsletter Telegram channel, reported that security personnel entered the classrooms of the Faculty of Psychology to check the identification cards of female students who were not wearing mandatory headscarves.
Similar incidents were reported at the Faculty of Literature and Humanities, where security personnel removed female students who did not wear a hijab from the classrooms and subjected them to questioning.
Reports also indicated that female students were unable to access the Golestan system, which is used to select courses.
Access was reportedly reinstated after they appeared before the university’s disciplinary committee and agreed to comply with the mandatory hijab rule.
The Union of Student Councils stated that the individuals who disrupted classes were "security forces and anonymous people who covered their faces and did not display any identification documents."
Earlier, students at Tarbiat Modares University in Tehran went on strike on November 12-13 to protest the "suffocating security pressure” inside the university.
The Telegram channel United Students reported that during the two-day strike, students refused to attend classes, visit the library or use certain laboratories.
In a statement released at the end of the strike, the students called for the fifting of security measures at the university and in the dormitory and for an end to the harassment of students by security personnel.
They also said that the practice of filing cases against female students over their hijab should cease.
"When we speak and protest, the response is violence, insults and the disciplinary committee," the statement said.