The two University of Ghana lecturers, Professor Ransford Gyampo and Dr. Paul Butakor who were allegedly abused their positions in the BBC’s ‘sex for grades’ documentary will in the coming days face the schools Disciplinary Committee.
In a Press release by the Public Affairs Directorate said: “the Committee further found prima facie evidence of misconduct contra, to Statute 42(11( e l(ii) of the University of Ghana Statutes which states that no member of the University shall engage in a course of vexatious conduct that is directed at one or more ‘specific individuals, and that is known to be unwelcome.”
“The Vice-Chancellor has accepted the Committee’s findings and forwarded the report to the Disciplinary Committee for Senior Members of the appropriate adjudicator’ body, for immediate action.
“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 wish to assure all stakeholders that it will not shield any member of the community found to have contravened these provisions,” the release said.
Both lecturers were interdicted by the university following the release of the documentary.
A fact-finding committee set up to investigate the issue has found prima facie evidence of breaches of the University’s Code of Conduct and Statutes and has recommended that the matter be brought before the University’s Disciplinary Committee.
The Committee, chaired by Justice Vida Akoto-Bamfo, a retired Supreme Court Judge, noted in its report to the Vice-Chancellor that there is prima facie evidence of misconduct against Professor Gyampo and Dr. Butakor contrary to Paragraph 6.4 of the Code of Conduct for Academic Staff of the University of Ghana, which stipulates that Academic Staff shall at all times comport themselves in ways that will enhance their image and that of the University.’