The Vice Chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS), Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye, has admonished staff not to take advantage of innocent but vulnerable students to exploit them sexually.
According to him, the university has a robust policy on sexual harassment to protect the interests of both staff and students.
“Management of the university will not condone any acts of sexual harassment, and no staff has the right to trade grades for sex,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor, represented by Prof. George Nyarko – Principal of the Nyankpala campus of UDS, announced this during the matriculation to usher freshmen and women into the university.
Out of 19,193 applications received, the university admitted 9,476 for both undergraduates and post-graduates – comprising 254 post-graduates and 9,232 undergraduates.
Male students constitute 51.94% while female students constitute 48.06%, indicating a significant increase of female admissions into the university this year compared to previous admissions.
He also encouraged victims of sexual harassment not to feel intimidated, but rather muster the courage to report any case for necessary actions to be taken.
Prof. Ayum True also advised students be circumspect in their relationships with the opposite sex on campuses.
He added that same-sex relationships and other indisciplines acts are not tolerated on campus.
He also admonished the students to take their studies seriously to achieve their aim of being in the university, adding: “Your admission into university was on merit and not by chance.
“You are fortunate to be in a university with all the facilities, and that also provides the necessary training for students to meet demands of the job market.”
He noted that infrastructure is one of the challenges confronting the university and its facilities, and therefore appealed for government and donor agencies to help increase the university’s infrastructure level.
A new faculty – Communication and Cultural Studies located at Nyankpala campus of UDS – was announced.
The Head of the new Department, Dr. Jasper Abembia Ayelazuno, noted that the new Department is aimed at providing a demand-driven academic curriculum in the 2020/2021 academic year.
He also appealed for infrastructure support to help train qualified students to meet demands of the job market.