The University of Port Harcourt, UNIPORT, has banned lecturers and female students dorm hugging in a bid to curb sexual harassment in the school.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Ndowa E. S. Lale said the University decided to raise the bar on sexual harassment to ensure that the young men and women put in the charge of lecturers are protected.
He added that they meant to protect innocent students and also junior staff from those in positions of power to oppress or harass them.
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He said the management of the University in the policy document defined the rules of engagement in terms of the acceptable engagement between lecturers, administrators and students, including visitors to the university.
He noted that there were efficient checks and balances to ensure the policy wasn’t gamed and that those who broke the rules would be sanctioned without hesitation.
He also warned that any person so accused would be presumed guilty until he or she could prove otherwise under the established rules of fair hearing.
Prof Ndowa also warned that henceforth, lectures and administrators who did not remember to tell their tailors to sew zippers in front of their trousers should be ready to bear the consequences of their amorous liaison with female students.
He warned that the same applied to students who harassed lecturers to award them undeserved grades, saying they should equally be ready to face the music if and when caught in the act of self advertisement to their lecturers.
Recall, the antics of unruly lecturers were exposed after BBC Africa Eye led by Journalist Kiki Mordi carried out an undercover investigation that resulted in a documentary.