The committee set up by the University of Ghana to investigate the two lecturers caught in BBC exposé “Sex for grades” have beenfound guilty.
The committee led by retired Justice Vida Akoto-Bamfo proved that the two accused lecturers,Professor Ransford Gyampo and Dr. Paul Butakor, were guilty of the actions.
According to the findings, the two breached the university’s statuses which stipulated that no staff is expected to behave in a way that tarnishes the image of the school.
The two embattled lecturers breached Statute 42(1)(e)(ii) which says “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 unknown to be unwelcome”
Read the statement below:
PROFESSOR GYAMPO, DR. BUTAKOR TO GO BEFORE UNIVERSITY OF GHANA DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
A fact-finding committee set up to investigate two University of Ghana lecturers – Professor Ransford Gyampo and Dr. Paul Butakor – following a BBC documentary titled ‘Sex for Grades’ has found prima facie evidence of breaches of the University’s Code of Conduct and Statutes, as amended, 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.”
The Committee further found prima facie evidence of misconduct contrary to Statute 42(1)( e )(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, the appropriate adjudicatory 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 would like to assure all stakeholders that it will not shield any member of the community found to have contravened these provisions.
Stella A. Amoah Director of Public Affairs November 20, 2019
BBC aired a documentary which featured the two lecturers of UG and one of a Nigerian university, Ulag, in an inappropriate act with some ladies believed to be students. The Academians requested sex from the ladies in exchange for good grades.
After the airing of the film, the accused denied the allegations leveled against them and it has coerced the school to take actions by investigating into the matter.