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Individual involved in marijuana find is not a UWI St. Augustine student

For Release Upon Receipt - January 19, 2015

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine wishes to advise that, contrary to recent published articles and news broadcasts regarding a large quantity of marijuana plants found near the campus in St. Augustine, that the individual in question is not, nor has ever been, a student of The UWI, St. Augustine.   

The UWI maintains a zero-tolerance position on matters involving alcohol and narcotic use on the campus and remains committed to assisting the relevant authorities in any investigations in instances such as these.  

The University continues to work diligently to maintain a safe and secure campus environment for its staff and students. 


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website: 

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)