A five-member fact-finding committee constituted by the management of the University of Ghana to look into allegations of sexual harassment has submitted its report to the Vice-Chancellor.
The committee, chaired by Justice (retd) Vida Akoto-Ampofo, submitted the report to Prof. Ebenezer Oduro-Owusu on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.
“Management will therefore study the report and ensure the implementation of the recommendation using the appropriate adjudicative processes stipulated under the basic law and policies of the university,” Prof Oduro-Owusu said.
Speaking at the 2019 Congregation Ceremony for graduates in the College of Humanities undergraduate programme, the Vice-Chancellor also announced that in response to the ongoing discussion on how to tackle sexual harassment issues, the Center for Gender Studies and Advocacy (CENGENSA) has been tasked to lead a process to develop a training programme to educate members of the university community on what constitutes harassment.
“Once the framework is developed, it is proposed that training will be available in both online and in other formats and will also be extended to students. We are counting on CENGENSA to consult widely and come up with a training programme that is suitable to the University of Ghana and which will deal, decisively with the issues relating to sexual harassment,” he said.
BBC Africa Eye published a documentary that alleged that two lecturers at the University of Ghana, Prof. Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Butakor, sexually harassed female reporters that posed as students of the university.
The two respected lecturers were among three lecturers who were captured in the “Sex for Grades” exposé intended to call out lecturers who allegedly sexually harass students in exchange for better grades.
Prof Gyampo and Dr Butakor have since been interdicted.
The documentary also captured lecturers at Nigeria’s University of Lagos (UNILAG) allegedly luring and seducing female students.
Meanwhile, the University of Ghana has created an e-mail address and a dedicated phone number to facilitate and create easy avenues through which all such sexual harassment cases may be reported.
“We particularly encourage people who may have fallen victim to such unfortunate incidents to take advantage to report them for redress,” the Vice-Chancellor said.