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Locals say college policies a hardship

SOME residents in the city's northeastern Jiangwan area are complaining that Fudan University forbids them to pass through its campus there, forcing them to take a 2-kilometer detour to a Metro station every day.

Residents said it's wrong for a public school to keep citizens out. One has written a public letter to the university's head and said he would sue unless the policy is changed.

"Fudan encloses such a large area of land in Jiangwan," wrote the resident, who identified himself as Wang Yuanyuan in the letter. "It affects the Metro Line 10 service area and harms the public interest."

The university's Jiangwan campus covers 1,600 mu (roughly 1.07 square kilometers). It stands between the Shangjingyuan Community and the Xinjiangwancheng Metro Station. Residents wish to cross a path along a river that runs across the university instead of detouring along the wall of the university to get to the station.

Wang uploaded the letter online and it attracted many comments. Some said it's unreasonable for residents to blame the university because the Metro line was built after the campus. Some supported Wang, saying many public roads in other countries pass through universities.

The university said its security department banned residents from using the campus as a shortcut because of safety concerns.

"Jiangwan area is still very desolate," said Fang Ming, a media coordinator with the university. "We may open the suburban Jiangwan campus to the public after the area is fully developed."

Most local universities open their downtown campuses to the public but check student IDs on weekends and holidays because of safety concerns, which sometimes generate complaints from the nearby residents of the area.


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