Sex-for-grades scandal: Ghana lecturers ‘breached rules’, to face disciplinary action
London, Nov. 21, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Two lecturers at the University of Ghana will face a disciplinary commission after an investigation set up by the university found evidence that they had breached its code of conduct with their behaviour that was exposed in the BBC Africa Eye’s sex-for-grades film.
Prof Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor were secretly filmed propositioning journalists posing as students for the documentary.
Both men denied any wrongdoing.
They were suspended in October pending an investigation.
The university has now said that a fact-finding committee established that the two men had gone against the code of conduct, which says that staff “shall at all times comport themselves in ways that will enhance their image and that of the university”.
They also went against the rule that “no member of the university shall engage in a course of vexatious conduct… that is known to be unwelcome”.
A statement from Director of Public Affairs at the University of Ghana, Stella Amoa also added that the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu has accepted the report and subsequently forwarded it to the Disciplinary Committee, which is the appropriate adjudicatory body for the next line of action.
“The Vice-Chancellor has accepted the Committee’s findings and forwarded the report to the Disciplinary Committee for Senior Members, the appropriate adjudicatory body, for immediate action.”
The statement also added that the University of Ghana remains committed to rooting out sexual harassment and misconduct in all forms.
The University of Ghana also assured the public that, the University will not shield any member of the community found to have contravened the provisions of the University.
“The University of Ghana reiterates its commitment to rooting out sexual harassment and misconduct and reminds its students and employees of the provisions in its Anti-Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy as well as those contained in the Statutes of the University of Ghana.”
“The University would like to assure all stakeholders that it will not shield any member of the community found to have contravened these provisions.”
The two lecturers could face sanctions ranging from a reprimand to dismissal.