University of Ghana will never condone sexual harassment – Chancellor

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By Julius K. Satsi,
GNA
 

Accra, Nov. 14, GNA –
Dr Mary Chinery-Hesse, the Chancellor of the University of Ghana (UG) Thursday
said she is satisfied with the processes put in place to interrogate the recent
allegations of harassment against some staff members.

The University, she
said, would not condone any form of sexual harassment but remain committed to
its zero tolerance of sexual abuses policy.

Speaking at the
Congregation of the College of Humanities, at Legon, the chancellor said the
Management was resolute about making the campus completely free from all forms
of sexual harassment and abuses.

At the ceremony, 385
students were honoured with first degrees as part of the three-day November
Congregations.

Two senior lecturers
have been interdicted to pave way for investigations into sexual harassment
complaints against them.

This follows a BBC
documentary titled,”Sex for Grades”, which captured their alleged misconduct.

Dr Chinery-Hesse
cautioned members of the University Staff against indulging in any behaviour
that contravened the University’s Code of Conduct.

The name and
recognition of the University must be preserved under any circumstance, she
emphasised.

She urged the
students to take advantage of the complaint structures to report any sexual
abuse, assuring that: “No one will suffer any form of victimisation a result of
report”.

The graduates should
consciously let the experiences they had gathered in school to guide them in
their future endeavours, she advised.

Prof Ebenezer Oduro
Owusu, the Vice chancellor, said a total of 18,212 applicants had been enrolled
into the 2019/2020 Academic Year to pursue various programmes, with a female to
male ratio of 51:49.

He said the
Management was considering various approaches towards addressing the
accommodation challenges, especially in the anticipation of the first cohort of
the Free Senior High School Policy.

The University’s
Land Lease Committee was, therefore, in negotiations with private bodies to
expand the housing options on campus; while the Students’ Representative
Council had also started the processes to embark on a 25,000-bed capacity
hostel project.

Prof Oduro Owusu
urged the graduates to go out to the world with respect, commitment, integrity
and loyalty, which he said, were the core values of the University.

Mrs Doris Ahiati,
Co-Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Crescendo Consult, said as
technology was changing the world, graduates ought to appreciate the ability to
work in every environment.

“Your office may
even be in your bedroom; while working with colleague team members in a virtual
environment.

She urged the
graduates to become leaders for themselves, adding that, leaders were open to
new ideas and technology.

They were also
disciplined and paid the price of sacrifice when demanded.

She advised them to
expand the scope of their networks, explaining that networks thrived on
emotional intelligence.

GNA

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