BY PETER OKUTU
ABAKALIKI – THE Vice-Chancellor of Ebonyi State University, EBSU, Prof Francis Idike, has said since his assumption of office in 2008, no case of sexual harassment, exploitation of students by lecturers and examination malpractices brought before the university administration had been treated with levity.
According to him, all those found guilty were either dismissed or suspended until their matters were decided otherwise.
Prof. Idike, who made this known during a special convocation briefing, added that the setting up of the Senate Committee on sale of textbooks/handouts was one of the measures the university adopted to checkmate exploitation of students by lecturers.
He said: “While we recognize that, like most universities, there existed problems such as cultism, exploitation of students by lecturers through forceful sale of book/handout and sale of grades, sexual harassment and examination malpractices, the university has never spared any opportunity to solve these problems.”
“All alleged erring staff were suspended; those found guilty as charged by the Disciplinary Committee have received various sanctions including outright dismissal.
“I am happy to state that our fight against exploitation of students, sexual harassment and examination malpractice is yielding good results as some students now come up voluntarily to complain to administration on such matters.”
Idike noted that the 3rd convocation ceremony of the university scheduled to hold on Saturday, April 14, would convocate the 2009 – 2011 graduates with various degrees in Diploma, Bachelors, Masters and Ph.Ds as well as confer Honorary Degrees on distinguished Nigerians.
He further explained that the distortion of the institution’s academic calendar resulting from incessant Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU strike in the country affected the schedule for the convocation as a total 10, 169 graduands would participate in the exercise.