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Monday, July 1, 2013

EKiti State University sacks 6 Lecturers for sexual harassment and Plagiarism, rusticates 300 Students

Authorities of the Ekiti State University, EKSU,
Ado-Ekiti, have relieved six academic staff of
their appointments for plagiarism, fraudulent
practices and sèxual harassment.
The institution's Deputy Registrar, Information,
Mr. Ajibade Olubunmi, said in a statement
that the list included three senior academic
staff who were dismissed for manipulating
examination scores, plagiarism and failure to
serve the university after being sponsored
abroad.
Olubunmi said the institution's Governing
Council, following the recommendations of the
Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee, also
approved the termination of the appointments
of three other academic staff for gross
academic misconduct, falsification of
employment records and sèxual harassment.
The Olokuta Medium Security Prison in Akure,
Ondo State, which recorded a jailbreak,
yesterday. He said the university also
expelled 24 students "found guilty of
committing offences ranging from
examination misconduct to being members of
unregistered associations in the university".
Olubunmi, who said the students' expulsion
was confirmed by the management after due
process which included appearance before
the Students' Disciplinary Committee, added
that "also, over 300 students have been
rusticated for one session over examination
misconduct".
The Registrar, Dr. Omojola Awosusi, said the
dismissal of a randy lecturer for sèxual
harassment was a warning signal to the
university community that genderbased
violence would not be treated with levity.
Awosusi told the Genderbased Violence
Prohibition Law, GBVL, Management
Committee, delegation which was on
advocacy visit, that legal encumbrance was a
major challenge frustrating the institution's
resolve to deal with errant students and
lecturers found culpable of sèxual
harassment.
The registrar told the delegation led by the
wife of the fovernor and Chairperson of the
committee, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, and
Commissioner for Women Affairs, Social
Development and Gender Empowerment,
Mrs. Fola Richie-Adewusi, that another
attempted rape of a nonacademic staff was
nipped in the bud when sympathisers were
attracted to the scene by shouts from the
victim.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oladipo Aina,
assured the GBVL management committee of
the institution's preparedness to domesticate
the law, adding that the university had
established a centre for gender studies in the
same regard.
Aina said that apart from strengthening the
internal security of the university, hostel
accommodation would soon be available for
female students to protect them from
prowling predators.

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