The University of Ghana has suspended Prof. Ransford Gyampo and Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor, the two lecturers implicated in BBC’s “Sex for Grades” documentary to allow for investigations into the matter, ABC NEWS can report.
The two are expected to soon face the school’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee to assist in investigations into allegations leveled against them in the said documentary.
In a statement dated October 8 which makes direct reference to the “Sex for Grades” expose and signed by its Director of Public Affairs, Ms Stella A. Amoa, the University of Ghana condemned all acts of sexual harassment on its campus and pledged its resolve to deal with the current issue to the latter.
“We would like to state emphatically that the University of Ghana does not and will not shield any employee or student found to have engaged in sexual harassment or misconduct. No member of the University is considered above the law.
“In all instances where the University has been provided with information and/or evidence of sexual harassment or misconduct, our Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee has investigated the matter, interviewed the parties involved, and after making a determination, we have applied the appropriate sanctions as outlined in the policy, including dismissals.
“The University will prosecute the current matter under investigation, in addition to all outstanding cases before the Committee,” the statement said.
It averred that the University of Ghana believes sexual harassment is about exploiting power imbalance and voicelessness which eventually gets to have a harmful impact on individuals, families and institutions.
Re-echoing the school’s resolve, the statement said, “given that commitment, the Business and Executive Committee of the University has taken a decision to interdict Prof. Ransford Gyampo and Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor, the two lecturers featured in the documentary to allow for further investigations into the matter.”
The university further encouraged students and employees to report any form of sexual harassment and misconduct, stressing that it has instituted measures to punish anyone found guilty of the offence.
“Meanwhile, members of the University community are reminded of the provisions of the Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy, and also encouraged to report any acts of sexual harassment and misconduct accordingly. To facilitate this process, additional communication channels have been created
The University assured all members of the university community, including students, employees, stakeholders and the public that it will continue to actively fight against sexual harassment and misconduct, as well as other acts of indiscipline.
“Further, to assure members of the university community and the public that the University of Ghana will use the existing structures to handle all matters of sexual harassment and misconduct while protecting the rights of the victims,” the statement said.
The BBC Africa Eye released the “Sex for Grades” documentary on Monday which centered on cases of sexual harassment by lecturers in tertiary institutions specifically in West Africa.
The 57-minute documentary implicates some popular lecturers of some prestigious universities in West Africa including the University of Ghana and the University of Lagos, Nigeria, who allegedly sleep with female students to give them grades.
Prof Gyampo and Dr Butakor are among the four lecturers implicated in the video.
The exposé has since sent tongues wagging, with many expressing diverse views on the matter. As some praise the BBC team for a good job done, others have also criticized the BBC failing to substantiate its “sex for grades” tag.
Meanwhile, Prof. Gyampo has denied the sexual harassment allegations leveled against him in the documentary, threatening to sue the BBC over the matter.
Below is the full statement:
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