Ghana Varsity Reacts To Allegation Against Staff
The University of Ghana (UG) has taken an official position after some of its members of staff were accused of sexual misconduct.
The allegations of sexual misconduct were levelled based on a 13-minute video documentary on sexual assault released by the BBC Africa Eye on Monday.
Yaw Gyampo, a professor of political science, and Dr. Paul Butakor, a lecturer at the college of education, were accused of soliciting sex from students in return for favours.
Earlier, Naija News reported Margaret Amoakohene, chairperson of the anti-sexual harassment committee, had declared that there is no evidence to the fact that the two lecturers slept with their alleged victims.
Similarly, Gyampo had threatened to sue the BBC.
However, reacting, Stella Amoa, the school’s director of public affairs in a statement dated 8th October, 2019 seen by our correspondent says the institution will not sweep the matter under the carpet, noting that it will not shield any employee or student found to have engaged in sexual harassment or misconduct.
The statement noted that the affected lecturers have been suspended and would be invited by its anti-sexual harassment committee to assist with further investigations into the BBC documentary.
It added that no member of the institution is considered to be above the law.
“The University of Ghana’s attention has been drawn to a BBC documentary entitled ‘Sex for Grades’ Undercover in West African Universities fully aired in the evening of October 7. 2019,” the statement read.
“We would like to state unequivocally that the University place great importance on issues of sexual harassment and misconduct, and condemn any of such acts.
“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.
“While the University of Ghana believes sexual harassment is fundamentally about exploiting power imbalance and voicelessness, we also understand the harmful impact it has on individuals, families and institutions.
“It is for this reason that the University has taken steps to encourage students and employees to report any form of sexual harassment and misconduct and has also instituted measures to punish anyone found guilty of the offence.
“The University will prosecute the current matter under investigation in addition to all outstanding cases before the Committee.
“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.”