Sex for grades: Accused lecturers breached our code of ethics – UG

The University of Ghana says on the face of evidence contained in a BBC documentary accusing two of its lecturers of sexual harassment, the tutors breached university policy.

The Chairperson of the Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee of the university, Margaret Amoakohene who spoke on JoyNews’ PM Express programme on Tuesday said: “it was inappropriate for you [the lecturers] to be seeking all the things that we saw in the video.

“And we also have code of ethics of senior members of the university; that is also breached,” Dr Amoakohene said.

She said based on the facts the university has at the moment, it decided to interdict, Prof. Ransford Gyampo of the Political Science Department and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor of the Department of Teacher Education.

She said further action cannot be taken on the two unless they have been granted a hearing. The meeting, she said should come off “late this or early next week.”

Dr Amoakohene also encouraged those who have been victims of sexual harassment from lecturers in the university in the past or are still going through it to come forward.

Their anonymity, she said, was fully guaranteed.

Sex for grades

The BBC premiered a documentary under the title Sex for grades which focused on the University of Lagos in Nigeria and the University of Ghana.

Three lecturers were seen making advances at undercover journalists who posed as students.

However, the title has received backlash from viewers, many of whom say “the documentary proves anything but sex for grades.”

“The simple answer is no,” Dr. Amoakohene said when asked if she saw sex for grades in the documentary. “But it doesn’t mean it’s not a serious matter because our policy has been breached, she added.”

Meanwhile, Prof. Gyampo has denied the allegations of engaging in sex for grades and has threatened to sue the BBC for defamation.

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