Three students at the University of Limpopo, accused of killing a fellow student by throwing him out of a moving minibus earlier this year, were suspended yesterday.
The trio will appear before the institution's disciplinary hearing soon.
University spokesman Dinkwanyane Mohuba confirmed the suspension.
Lawyer Managafe Magaleng of Makgoba and Magaleng Attorneys in Polokwane said the law stated that one was innocent until proven guilty.
However, Magaleng pointed out that the university also had its own code of conduct.
"This code guides the institution in governing its subjects and has the right to institute disciplinary measures," Magaleng said.
Mohuba said the university was acting within its rights to suspend the students and institute a disciplinary hearing.
"We have no intention of tampering with the investigations and the processes of the courts.
"We are entitled to run our own processes in enforcing discipline in our institution."
The university's students representative council welcomed the suspensions, saying they will not allow the three back on campus until disciplinary action had been taken against them.
The three students are accused of throwing fellow student Nkosinathi Mhlongo, 22, out of a moving minibus in February.
The students were returning from a protest march in Pretoria.
The three are on bail.