Expulsion is a real threat for students at Bukhara State University, according to the dean of the Humanities faculty, S. S. Raupov, if they don't immediately report to the cotton fields. Those with a "documented excuse" are ordered to report to the University daily and are forced to clean the classrooms or do yardwork on campus, as reported by Fergana.ru.
Many of these students may be over the age of 18, but some are not. Regardless, forced labor is a serious rights violation, and a crime.
The willingness of the dean to put this in writing is remarkable, as is his citation of a Presidential decree (of August 20, 2008) "On the organization and the conduct of the cotton harvest campaign" as the legal basis for his order.