The University of Ghana, Legon, has interdicted two of its lecturers who were captured in the recent Sex For Grades documentary published by the BBC African Eye.
The two, Prof Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor, are expected to be hauled before the university’s Anti Sexual Harassment Committee to assist with internal investigations.
“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. In line with University regulations, the two will be invited by the Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee in the next few days to assist with further investigations into the BBC documentary.”, a statement from the university indicated.
These lecturers were implicated in the BBC documentary over their alleged sexual harassment of female students.
Although they have denied the allegations leveled against them, pressure has mounted on the University to take decisive actions to show its commitment of dealing with the issue of sexual misconduct.
In the release, management of the University also indicated that it will not undermine the importance of its anti-sexual harassment guideline to tackle this menace which is ‘fundamentally exploiting power imbalance and the voicelessness on individuals, families and institutions.’
As a result, it has expressed commitment to investigate this matter and all other cases of sexual abuse brought before it and ensure that persons who are culpable face the punitive measure they due them.
“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 above the law”, it added.